Dr. Jack Tharp, Indiana University, Retired
Bio: Jack Tharp held senior positions at Indiana University for 34 years, principally at the IU Kokomo campus. Prior to retirement (2014) he was appointed to lead IU's newly created Office of Financial Literacy. As Sr. Director of Financial Literacy, he planned, directed, and operationalized the first university-wide programs to reduce student debt. During this 2-year assignment, undergraduate student borrowing decreased $31mil (11%), receiving national media attention well as professional association recognition (AFCPE). Today, Indiana University is recognized as a model in reducing student borrowing. While at IU Kokomo he served 28 years as Vice-Chancellor of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management, in addition to 4 years as the chief development officer. Jack has published and presented at numerous higher education national conferences. He holds Ed.D. and M.P.A. degrees from Indiana University and a B.A. degree from Hanover College. Indiana University honored him with the E. Ross Bartley Award and IUK presented him the Chancellor's Medallion. He is married (45 yrs.), has 2 adult children and 2 grandchildren.