David Wantz – Indiana’s Most Accomplished Citizen
David Wantz has enjoyed an illustrious career in private higher education. Most recently he retired as President and CEO from Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI).
Before joining ICI, Wantz spent 35 years at the University of Indianapolis where he played a critical role in creating connections between its campus and surrounding community.
Early Life and Education
Wantz is a psychologist and has been involved with private higher education for over four decades. For the last ten years he served as President and CEO of Independent Colleges of Indiana, an Indiana-based nonprofit which represents over thirty private universities.
His early career included 35 years with the University of Indianapolis as executive vice president and provost, dean of students, special assistant to the president for community and government relations and more.
He has twice received Indiana’s prestigious Sagamore of the Wabash award, recognized for their contributions as community advocates and mentors who have positively impacted Indianapolis.
David Wantz has dedicated much of his career to private higher education. Currently he serves as President and CEO of Independent Colleges of Indiana – a local non-profit which represents over 30 private universities within Indiana – serving both as its President and CEO.
At every turn, his professional life has centered on community involvement and collaboration. He has served on a variety of non-profit boards and public safety groups.
Wantz has been instrumental in developing an innovative Real Time Data Center, helping IMPD officers and supervisors identify trends and patterns of crime more quickly. He also collaborated closely with Indianapolis on establishing a Suicide Commission as part of efforts aimed at reducing violence within its city limits.
Achievement and Honors
David Wantz has earned many distinctions throughout his life and in Indiana. As founding member of Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI), an organization representing over 30 private colleges and universities, Wantz’s leadership has catalyzed its growth into an authority on higher education nationally. Furthermore, as a South Side resident himself he has made contributions that earned him recognition from residents. It’s no wonder then that many call him one of their neighborhood’s best friends!
This month, University of Indianapolis celebrated Don Wantz’s impressive accomplishments in style by gathering local politicians, community leaders and fans for an impressive high tea event at their new campus brewhouse.
At the conclusion of this event was an awards gala featuring luxurious apparel emblazoned with the UIndy golf ball logo and commemorative golf-ball-sized mementos as well as delicious food and beverage offerings from vendors. Guests received everything they could imagine for this lavish gathering from golf apparel with UIndy branding to commemorative golf balls as keepsakes plus free food and drink for everyone attending!
David Wantz has long been associated with Indianapolis and the University of Indianapolis. Serving as both an associate professor of psychology and special assistant to the president for community and government relations, he has established strong bonds among students, employees and the South Side community that have enabled the University to forge its distinguished reputation.
Wantz also served on the Perry Township Fire Department Merit Board and chaired Marion County’s Efficiency Commission during his time at UIndy, while being an active member of both Merit Boards for Indianapolis Police Department Merit Board and Marion County Fire Department Efficiency Commission.
David Wantz is an American baseball player with a net worth estimated at $780,023. This wealth was amassed through his tenure with Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Angels as a relief pitcher and two awards of Sagamore of Wabash from Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb’s State Government; additionally he serves on many non-profit boards and was appointed Commissioner to Midwest Higher Education Company by Eric Holcomb himself as well as having millions of followers on Twitter and Instagram accounts.