BLOOMINGTON, Ind.—Tara Vickers has been named director of the Indiana University Student Foundation (IUSF). In this role, Vickers leads a team responsible for student mentoring and leadership programming for a corps of up to 500 students. The IUSF's mission is to prepare students to be outstanding leaders, to encourage the student body and alumni groups to provide private support for Indiana University, and to engage participants in activities that build lifelong relationships with IU and the IUSF.
“I'm so pleased to welcome Tara to the foundation,” said Dan Smith, IU Foundation President and CEO. “Her valuable experience in student development uniquely positions her to prepare our next generation of exceptional leaders. I am confident that with her guidance, these students will go on to positively impact not only Indiana University, but also their own communities, creating a promising future for us all.”
Vickers comes to the IUSF from her position as general manager of events services at the IU Auditorium. In this role, she worked to manage and train a diverse staff of approximately 300 members who provided guests services at university athletic and auxiliary events. Prior to holding this position, Vickers served as guest services manager for the IU Auditorium and as assistant director of the IU Office of Admissions. She holds a master of arts in arts administration from IU’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, as well as a bachelor of arts in English from Belmont University.
“I am thrilled to be a part of such an esteemed organization as the IU Student Foundation,” said Vickers. “It's already been an honor to work with our fantastic staff, alumni, and students. I am excited to put my passion for student development to work and to help shape our next generation of leaders.”
Raised in Jasper, Indiana, Vickers now lives in Bloomington with her husband, Tim, and their two dogs, Gunner and Georgia.
Founded in 1950, the IUSF provides leadership and scholarship opportunities for Indiana University undergraduate students. With over 20,000 alumni, the IUSF annually awards more than $100,000 in scholarships and grants. The organization’s premier event is the famed Little 500 bicycle race, which is the subject of the 1979 Academy Award-winning film, Breaking Away. The Little 500 annually attracts more than 25,000 spectators. Race proceeds fund scholarships for Indiana University working students.
Founded in 1936, the IU Foundation maximizes private support for IU by fostering lifelong relationships with key stakeholders and providing advancement leadership and fundraising services for campuses and units across the university. Today, the foundation oversees one of the largest public university endowments in the country with a market value in excess of $1.9 billion. In fiscal year 2014, IU received $341.3 million in voluntary support from the private sector. IU is consistently ranked among the top four of Big Ten universities in annual voluntary support.