University of Indianapolis President Robert L. Manuel joins Indianapolis Urban League Board of Directors

(INDIANAPOLIS) – The University of Indianapolis announced that President Robert L. Manuel joined the Indianapolis Urban League’s Board of Directors effective Jan. 1, 2020. The Board unanimously approved President Manuel’s appointment in December.

President Dr. Robert Manuel

“The University of Indianapolis actively seeks out opportunities to partner with organizations dedicated to making a difference in our community. I’m honored to serve on the Indianapolis Urban League’s Board of Directors to continue their crucial work in engaging and empowering residents to reach their full potential,” said President Manuel.

President Manuel joins a highly accomplished 31-member Board of Directors representing a wide array of industries including healthcare, pharmaceutical, law, higher education, banking and professional sports, among others.

“We are pleased to welcome President Manuel to the Indianapolis Urban League’s Board of Directors where his considerable expertise and leadership will help shape and guide our organization’s education initiatives and related advocacy for years to come,” said Tony Mason, president and CEO of the Indianapolis Urban League.

“The Indianapolis Urban League leads the effort to bring equity and access in education, workforce development, health and wellness, and quality of life to minority populations in Indianapolis. The University of Indianapolis is eager to grow our existing partnership to impact these areas and to improve lives,” President Manuel continued.

The University of Indianapolis has a history of partnership with the Urban League and its Indianapolis affiliate, including the University’s hosting of the 30th Annual Youth Leadership Summit. The Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning at the University of Indianapolis partnered with the Indianapolis Urban League to examine the efficacy of charter schools in Indiana for a 2009 study.

In addition to serving on the Indianapolis Urban League’s Board of Directors, President Manuel is highly active in a number of organizations around Indianapolis, serving as Board of Directors chair for the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership; Board of Trustees vice chair at Brebeuf Jesuit High School; chair of the Council of Presidents for the Great Lakes Valley Conference; Board of Directors member for the Independent Colleges of Indiana; executive committee member for Ascend Indiana’s Board; and Board of Governors member of the Skyline Club.

About the University of Indianapolis

The University of Indianapolis, founded in 1902, is a private university located just a few minutes from downtown Indianapolis. The University is ranked among the top National Universities by U.S. News and World Report, with a diverse enrollment of nearly 6,000 undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students. The University offers a wide variety of study areas, including 100+ undergraduate degrees, more than 40 master’s degree programs and five doctoral programs. More occupational therapists, physical therapists and clinical psychologists graduate from the University each year than any other state institution. With strong programs in engineering, business, and education, the University of Indianapolis impacts its community by living its motto, “Education for Service.” Learn more:

About the Indianapolis Urban League

Founded in 1965, the Indianapolis Urban League (IUL) is a nonprofit, non-partisan, interracial, community-based, human services agency dedicated to assisting African-Americans, other minorities and disadvantaged individuals to achieve social and economic equality. Annually the IUL provides direct services and advocacy in the areas of education and youth services, economic and workforce development, health and quality of life, civic engagement and leadership, and civil rights and racial justice empowerment. IUL is one of 90 affiliates of the National Urban League serving 300 communities in 36 states and the District of Columbia. For more information visit