Skip Adams ’71 elected chair of Gleaners Food Bank

Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana has elected Wayne O “Skip” Adams III ’71 as chairman of the board of directors.  Previously he was vice chair, board of directors (Chair, Personnel and Governance Committees) of Gleaners, and he is also active with the Stanley K. Lacy Leadership Association.

Skip is an attorney partner with the Labor and Employment group at Ice Miller LLP in Indianapolis.  He earned his JD from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

Congratulations Skip!

Bill O’Bryan ’74 leads firm’s litigation subgroup

William R. O’Bryan, Jr. ’74 has been named leader of the financial services litigation subgroup at Butler Snow O’Mara Stevens & Cannada’s Nashville, TN office.

From the press release:  Bill “is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Group and the Banking, Real Estate and Financial Services Group. He focuses his practice on general litigation, banking law, business reorganization and creditors’ rights, professional liability defense, financial services, and securities litigation. He is an AV-rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized in Mid-South Super Lawyers for Business Litigation and The Best Lawyers in America for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights. O’Bryan is a graduate of Wabash College and earned his Juris Doctorate at Vanderbilt University. He’s a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, the Nashville Bar Association, and the Turnaround Management Association.”

Congratulations, Bill!


Press release and photo
courtesy of Butler Snow.


Dr. Valerie Powell ’59 co-authors new medical book

Dr. Valerie Harvey Powell ’59 has co-authored a new book about medical/dental care:  Integration of Medical and Dental Care and Patient Data,  (Springer-UK, 2012).  A previously published book along the same topic is Rationale and Need to Articulate Medical and Dental Data.

Valerie spoke during a session of Colloquia:  Alumni Educating Alumni when she returned for Big Bash 2009:  “Currently medical records and data exist separate and distinct from dental records and data.  There are many potential intersections in which the medical records can inform the treatment of dental problems and vice versa. Unfortunately, there is no systematic information exchange at these intersections. This leads to a number of problems.”  Powell has traveled the country and presented her findings and recommendations to many groups in order to get some attention on the issue. She said, “Having two streams of care is not a recipe for patient safety and quality of care.”

Dr. Powell is University Professor of Computer and Information Systems at Robert Morris University in Pennsylvania. She majored in Philosophy and German at Wabash, and continued with advanced degrees in German and Germanic Studies, Philosophy, Linguistics, Computer Science, and Radiologic Technology.

John Ryder ’71 named RNC General Counsel

The Republican National Committee has announced the appointment of John Ryder ’71 as the new RNC General Counsel.  John has been active with the RNC since 1996, including as Tennessee national committeeman, redistricting committee, presidential nominating committee, delegate to the national convention, and he currently serves on the Rules Committee.  Click here to read the press release.

After Wabash, John earned his JD from Vanderbilt University.  He is a member of the law firm Harris, Shelton, Hanover & Walsh in Memphis.. He is a past Chairman of the Board of Opera Memphis, a member of the Economic Club of Memphis and a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church. Previously, Ryder was the co-chairman of the Southern Region and director of the Southern Republican Leadership Conference. He is vice President for Judicial Affairs for the Republican National Lawyers Association and serves as Senior Advisor to the Memphis Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society.

Congratulations, John!

Greg Jania ’93 joins APG Asset Management US

Greg sent news that in January he joined APG Asset Management US Inc. in New York, as Senior Portfolio Manager, Global Private Equity.  APG is an advisor to a pension services provider in the Netherlands, for which it manages close to $400 billion in pension assets.   Greg heads the fund investment team (which they are currently building) and expects to start investing in mid-2013.

Congratulations, Greg!

Bryan Roesler '06 – VP of Giving Sum

Bryan Roesler ’06 has been elected as Board of Directors Vice President of Giving Sum, an Indianapolis not-for-profit organization of next generation leaders working together to improve Indianapolis and central Indiana.  Giving Sum is an independent nonprofit, unique to Indianapolis.  Bryan says that Giving Sum is a great way to connect to the Indianapolis nonprofit community and to other young professionals across the city.

Bryan joined Giving Sum  first as a member of the Grants Committee, becoming the Grants Committee chairman, and now in his third year he is Vice President.

Bryan is Assistant Director of Annual Giving at Wabash College.  He invites anyone with questions or interest in Giving Sum to contact him at:

Congratulations, Bryan!

Mike Reidy H'04 selected to city council

Mike Reidy, Honorary Alumnus 2004, retired from Wabash in 2010 after 32 years as Associate Director of Admissions.  Last week, the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee selected Mike to replace a Crawfordsville city council seat which was vacated by a recent resignation.

In a Journal Review article announcing his selection, Mike commented that his experience recruiting prospective students is one which has probably prepared him for his work on the city council:  “He has also been a recruiter at Wabash College for 32 years, a position he believes has prepared him for anything.  “My job consists of convincing a bunch of 17 and 18-year-old guys that they wanted to go to a school without any girls,” Reidy said. “And I think I was pretty convincing.”

Congratulations Mike!

For Bob Wedgeworth ’59 – it is never too late

Bob left a doctoral program in library science at Rutgers University in 1972 to pursue a what became a renowned career in library science — without completing his dissertation.  This past December, he successfully defended that dissertation, and in May will graduate as Dr. Robert Wedgeworth, Jr. PhD.

His career progressed as executive director of American Library Association, Columbia University’s dean of School of Library Service, university librarian and professor of library administration at the University of Illinois, president of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, president of Laubach Literacy International, and president and CEO of the merged organization, Proliteracy Worldwide.

Click here for the Rutgers University press to learn more.

Congratulations Bob!