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Indiana Commission for Higher Education

CHE > Boards and Committees Boards and Committees

Commission members serve on sub-Committees of the Commission. Commission members are appointed to sub-Committees by the Commission Chair, but the Faculty representative serves on the Academic Affairs and Quality Committee and the student representative serves on the Student Success and Completion Committee. Committee meetings are scheduled in advance and open to the public. Meeting dates and times are available here.

The Academic Affairs & Quality Committee is charged to ensure that the Commission carries out its statutory responsibilities related to matters of an academic nature and the quality of the student experience.

  • Jerry Bepko (Chair)
  • Dennis Bland
  • John Conant
  • Susana Duarte de Suarez
  • Ken Sauer (Staff)

The Budget & Productivity Committee is charged with the development, implementation, and oversight of the Commission's fiscal policies focused on increasing postsecondary efficiency and productivity.

  • Chris LaMothe (Chair)
  • Dan Peterson
  • Al Hubbard
  • Chris Murphy
  • John Popp
  • Dominick Chase (Staff)

The Student Success & Completion Committee will develop policy and practice initiatives to aid Hoosier postsecondary students in graduating from college on-time and without excessive debt.

  • Caren Whitehouse (Chair)
  • Jon Costas
  • Jud Fisher
  • Lisa Hershman
  • Mika Mosier
  • Jason Bearce (Staff)

The Executive Committee may be called to assist the Commission in performing the duties of the Commission. The Executive Committee is not held in regular session and the Chair of the Commission may call a special meeting at any time.


The Indiana Board for Proprietary Education (BPE) is charged with authorizing all accredited Indiana proprietary institutions that grant degrees, as well as all accredited proprietary degree-granting, out-of-state institutions that offer instruction in Indiana. BPE operates under the authority of Indiana Code 21- 18.5. It is governed by a seven member Board. The Board meets quarterly to review staff recommendations, grant accreditation, and hold formal hearings.

The Graduate Medical Education Board was created in 2015 to expand medical education in Indiana by funding new residency program slots at licensed hospitals and qualifying non-profit organizations. The board may grant funds to support residents who are not federally funded, provide technical assistance to organizations that wish to establish residency programs, cover infrastructure costs for residency program expansion, and provide startup funding for residency programs. The board meets regularly to review grant proposals; meeting dates and times are available here.

  • Tim Putnam - President/CEO, Margaret Mary Health, Batesville, IN (Board Chair)
  • Peter Nalin, MD – Executive Associate Dean for Educational Affairs, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Steven Becker, MD – Director and Associate Dean, Indiana University School of Medicine, Evansville
  • James Buchannan, MD – CEO, Fort Wayne Medical Education Program
  • Mark Cantieri, DO – Private Practice and Clinical Assistant Professor, Marian College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Beth Wrobel – CEO, HealthLinc
  • Paul Haut, MD – Chief Medical Officer, Riley Hospital for Children
  • Bryan Mills – CEO, Community Health Network
  • Tricia Hern, MD – Program Director, Community Health Network East Family Medicine Residency Program
  • Dr. Donald Sefcik, DO – Dean, College of Osteopathic Medicine and Vice-President of Health Professions, Marian University

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