Special Issue 2013

Dear Indianapolis Readers,

Today I write to share news of an exciting career change for Dr. Michael Twyman, the Trust's director of grants programs in Indiana since 1999. At the same time, of course, it is a great loss to the Trust. The University of Arkansas, Little Rock, has tapped Dr. Twyman to be the director of the Institute on Race and Ethnicity. If you know Michael, you will immediately understand why the university selected him for this prestigious and unique opportunity and what it means to him professionally and personally.

Michael and his Arizona counterpart joined the Trust when it was a fledging organization. Together, we collaborated with the founding Trustees to create the Trust's mission and design the grants program, which he and his grants programs colleagues have carried out with the highest level of integrity and professionalism. Michael also served on the Trust's five-member management team throughout his 13 years with the Trust.

Among Michael's many talents and strengths, I think his legacy will be the strong community networks he has built in Indianapolis. He has given generously of his time, far beyond the requirements of his position—working for the betterment of the community. This has included providing guidance and advice to many organizations and serving on several civic committees.

Michael also has served as an informal advisor and mentor to several of the Trust's Nina Scholars who have graduated and gone on to careers or to earn advanced degrees.

I believe that Michael lives each day in ways that give life to the Bible verse, Luke 12:48: "From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked."

Michael will be with the Trust through June 14, so there is time to wish him well personally, but you are welcome to leave him a message on the Trust's website.

Michael R. Twyman, Ph.D.,
heading to Little Rock


"It's been my honor and privilege to serve the citizens of my hometown as the Trust's first grants programs director for Indiana.

I have been fortunate to work alongside a talented and committed group of colleagues that genuinely care about making the community stronger and more vibrant.

I will take much of what I've learned about philanthropy and volunteer service to Arkansas, a state where I have such strong family and historical connections."

Dr. Michael Twyman

Send your thanks, congratulations and good wishes to Michael on the Trust's online guest book.


Read the press release about Michael and his new position at The University of Arkansas at Little Rock Institute on Race and Ethnicity. Visit ualr.edu/race-ethnicity.