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John C. Adams Finance Institute builds on University of Indianapolis School of Business success

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A new, first-of-its-kind initiative will transform the University of Indianapolis School of Business through enhanced opportunities for students to engage in research, competitions and internships in preparation for the workforce. Launching in fall 2019, the John C. Adams Finance Institute will further grow the successful student experience that is the hallmark of the School of Business. 

Made possible by a generous gift from John C. Adams ’73, the new Institute will support student participation in national and regional competitions; sponsor research projects; and strategically complement the new Martin Family Finance Lab as it supports students and the lab curriculum. The Institute will also facilitate student mentoring relationships with faculty as well as with alumni and friends of the University. 

“The John C. Adams Finance Institute aligns with the University’s tradition of forming students through real-world learning,” said Dr. Larry Belcher, School of Business dean. “Our goal is to provide another level of experiential learning by complementing our existing facilities and preparing our students for internships and their eventual careers in finance. Participation in student competitions develops research, critical thinking and presentation skills that are a necessity in a hyper-competitive job market.”

John C. Adams graduated from the University of Indianapolis in 1973 with a B.A. in Physics and received M.A. and M.B.A. degrees from The Ohio State University. Adams has served in numerous senior positions in public finance throughout his career including as the senior managing director at Fifth Third Securities. Adams handled public finance throughout the bank’s footprint, which included Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, North Carolina and Florida. This included bond and note underwriting and financial advisory services to cities, counties, school districts and other issuers of tax-exempt debt in Ohio.

“The University is grateful to John Adams for his generosity in providing this unique framework of professional development for our students. John recognizes the valuable role that education played in his career and the life-changing opportunities that can result from financial support,” said University of Indianapolis President Robert L. Manuel.

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