INDIANAPOLIS (UIndy) – The United Methodist-related University of Indianapolis announces Georgetown University Associate Provost and Dean Robert L. Manuel has been selected to serve as the ninth president of the University of Indianapolis, effective in July. He will succeed Beverley J. Pitts, who is retiring after seven years at the helm of the 5,500-student private university four miles south of downtown.

In announcing the selection, Board of Trustees Chair Robert Wingerter said, “I’m very excited that Rob has accepted our offer… He will be transformational for UIndy.”

Trustee Deborah J. Daniels, who chaired the search committee, described Manuel as “student-focused while understanding the importance of reaching out to external constituencies. He has a vision for helping us move forward in a very entrepreneurial way.”

Manuel has gained international recognition during his 20 years in higher education for his development and implementation of innovative academic programming in graduate, undergraduate, online and customized education, both at Georgetown and prior to that, at New York University. Since arriving at Georgetown in January 2006 as dean of the School of Continuing Studies, he has reorganized and rebranded the school – streamlining operations, creating new degree and certificate programs, and increasing enrollments in all programs by more than 200 percent.

He also created the Georgetown Global Education Institute for leaders from around the world, offering customized education in areas of innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship, urban planning and fiscal policy. The Institute has raised more than $6 million in corporate sponsorships.