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Last modified: Thursday, June 23, 2005

IU awards its highest staff honor

JUNE 23, 2005

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University President Adam W. Herbert has honored three individuals, Robert Cochran, Alan McNabb and Winston Shindell, with the E. Ross Bartley Award, the university's highest staff honor.

The award, which is named after one of the late IU Chancellor Herman B Wells' most valued staff members, is given to a member of the administrative or support staff who demonstrates outstanding leadership skills, service and professional accomplishment at the local, state or national level.

Each of the award recipients "has given of himself with an unwavering love for and dedication to Indiana University," Herbert said.

Cochran began his career at IU in 1964 as an assistant in the Budgetary Planning and Preparation Office, which is now known as the University Budget Office. In 1972, he became the assistant business manager for the Bloomington campus. Chancellor Kenneth Gros Louis appointed Cochran as director of administration and assistant to the vice president in 1981. He remained in the chancellor's office until his retirement in 2000. He has been credited with establishing strong working relationships between the chancellor's office and university-wide administrative areas.

McNabb held various positions at the university, beginning with his appointment as head academic counselor of Wright Quad in 1968. His service included appointments as assistant professor of education in the School of Education; assistant dean of Freshman Division, which is now known as University Division; assistant dean for academic affairs; and associate professor of continuing studies. In 1983, he accepted a position with Career and Placement Support Services, which is now called the Career Development Center and the Arts and Sciences Career Services, where he helped students plan and develop their careers. He retired as the center's director in 2002.

Shindell was hired as director of the Indiana Memorial Union in 1981. In 1995, his title was changed to executive director of the IMU and the IU Auditorium. As someone who was dedicated to the cause of education, he served as an adjunct lecturer in the School of Education from 1995 to 1997. He retired in August 2004. Shindell was committed to making the IMU a place where the university family could come together. He worked to make the IMU a beautiful, comfortable and welcoming environment for students and their parents, faculty, alumni and guests of the university.

The awardees' names will be inscribed on a plaque in the Indiana Memorial Union.