Cindy Babington Chief of Staff
Born in Minnesota, but raised in Indiana, Cindy Babington has been around liberal arts colleges nearly her whole life. Raised by a faculty member who taught at Wabash College, attending Knox College and working at DePauw for the more than 20 years has given her a unique perspective on the value of the liberal arts.
While earning a doctorate in kinesiology at Indiana University, she had the opportunity to work with Division I athletes as an academic adviser. This experience solidified her desire to continue a career in higher education. At DePauw, Cindy has served as the Director of Institutional Research, Dean of Students, Vice President for Student Life, Vice President for Admission and Financial Aid. On July 1, 2016, Cindy became the Chief of Staff for the new President of DePauw, Dr. Mark McCoy.
Her liberal arts background has allowed her to be prepared for and take advantage of many opportunities. Becoming Chief of Staff is only the most recent example. Cindy’s background in institutional research, student life, admission and financial aid allows her to bring a unique perspective to the position.
The friendly and warm environment at DePauw and in Greencastle have been the backdrop for raising a family and establishing an active and interesting life. Cindy is the mother of two grown children, a son and a daughter. Her husband, Pat Babington, also works at DePauw as a Professor in the Kinesiology Department. A favorite family activity is attending DePauw athletic events. Cindy and Pat make an effort to attend at least one game/meet/match of each team each year. When she's not working, Cindy runs, swims, bikes, gardens and practices at photography.
Renee Madison Senior Advisor to the President for Diversity and Compliance
Renee Madison joined DePauw University in the fall of 2014 and serves as Senior Advisor to the President for Diversity and Compliance and Title IX Coordinator.
In this role, she advises the president, leads University efforts to promote a campus culture of respect and inclusion, and assist departments with regulatory compliance issues. Ms. Madison earned her B.A. degree in Sociology from DePauw in 1995 and her J.D. degree from IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 2000. Previously, she worked for the NCAA Enforcement Staff leading diversity and inclusion efforts within the department and providing education about NCAA compliance and investigating potential violations of NCAA bylaws by member institutions. Prior to her work at the NCAA, Ms. Madison was a domestic violence prosecutor in Marion County, Indiana.
Elizabeth A. (Betsy) Demmings Executive Assistant to the President
Betsy Koenig Demmings ’75, who majored in psychology, is the Executive Assistant to the President, a position she has held since 2000 during terms of three chief executives. She oversees the daily business of the President’s office, which requires extensive liaising with DePauw’s many constituencies, both internal and external.
Betsy has made her home in Greencastle since 1977. In addition to owning her own business for nine years, she served Putnam County as its Chief Juvenile Probation Office for 6years, and remains a member of the county’s Child Protection Team.
The mother of three grown children and grandmother to three, Betsy volunteers with area community organizations and within her church.
Anne Harris Vice President for Academic Affairs and Johnson Family University Professor of Art and Art History
Anne F. Harris received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Classical Languages from Agnes Scott College in 1991, and a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Chicago in 1999. She started teaching at DePauw in the Art and Art History department, and the Women's Studies and Honor Scholar programs, working through ideas and issues such as "Gender and Medieval Art," "Stolen! Art Theft and Western Culture," and "Race and Difference in Medieval Art" with students.
Her service ranged from co-ordinating ArtsFest, to the chairship of the art and art history department to that of the Student Life and Academic Atmosphere committee. Publications include “Stained Glass Window as Thing: Heidegger, the Shoemaker Panels, and the Commercial and Spiritual Economies of Chartres Cathedral in the 13th century” in the on-line journal Different Visions (2008); “Medieval Belief and Modern Secularity: Teaching the Middle Ages to Contemporary College Students” in Literature Compass (2013); “Water and Wood: Eco-Materiality and Sacred Objects at the Chapel of Saint-Fiacre, Le Faouët (Brittany),” in Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2014); and “Oceanic Valuation,” in Oceanic New York (2016). Since becoming Vice President for Academic Affairs in 2015, initiatives of inclusive excellence, liberal arts advocacy, interdisciplinarity, and student engagement have informed her thinking and learning. It is an honor for Anne to advocate for student experiences empowered by the liberal arts, and to work in collaboration with the faculty, staff, and students of DePauw in this endeavor.
Development and Alumni Engagement
Melanie Norton Vice President for Development and Alumni Engagement
Melanie Norton is the Vice President for Development and Alumni Engagement at DePauw University where she leads the $300 million campaign and fundraising efforts for the University and oversees a staff of 40 full-time development and alumni professionals.
Prior to her current post, Melanie was a consultant with Johnson, Grossnickle and Associates, a full-service philanthropic consulting firm in Indianapolis. During her time at JGA, Melanie consulted on all phases of philanthropic work including feasibility studies, capital campaigns, quantitative and qualitative analyses, and major gift and development plan creation. Her previous work in development included eleven years in leadership roles in gift planning and major gifts for DePauw and Franklin College. Melanie also served as an AVP in the Retail and Trust & Investment Advisors divisions of Fifth Third Bank for seven years.
Melanie holds an M.B.A. from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and a B.A. from Franklin College. She is currently the Chairman of the national board of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning (soon to be National Association of Charitable Gift Planners), the organization serving the more than 10,000 individuals across the nation whose work involves charitable gift planning. Melanie is also a member of the CDO Leadership Council, past president and board member of the Planned Giving Group of Indiana, the Rotary Club of Indianapolis – Sunrise, and previously served on the board of the Independent College Advancement Associates as well as several other volunteer and social service organizations.
Student Academic Life
Alan Hill Vice President for Student Academic Life and Dean of Experiential Learning
Alan P. Hill, a 1981 graduate of DePauw serves as Vice President for Student Academic Life and Dean of Experiential Learning, and re-joined the DePauw administration in August 2016.
Alan earned a master's degree from the University in 1983. He began his career as a marketing representative for IBM, and returned to DePauw where he spent a decade in several key administrative roles, including director of financial aid, dean of students and assistant to the provost. He served in his first vice president role at Alma College as the vice president for enrollment and student affairs. He then spent 14 years working at Franklin College, where he was vice president of enrollment and student affairs and later named vice president for enrollment and marketing. Prior to his return to DePauw, he most recently served as dean for professional development at Wabash College.
Hill and his wife Jennett ’85 have been married for 30 years and have two adult children, Courtney and Preston. Active in community service, Alan has served on the boards of Park Tudor School and the Charles A. Tindley Accelerated High School in Indianapolis.