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January 28, 2014

United Way hires new education director

Beth Stroh has been hired by United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI) to lead its education priority that focuses on early childhood and school-age programs and policies.

UWCI has committed nearly $13 million to ensure that children have opportunities to acquire the academic and social skills to succeed in school and life.

Stroh fills the vacancy created with the departure of Ted Maple, who left in July 2013 to become chief executive officer of Day Nursery Association, a United Way agency.

Stroh’s experience includes a variety of education and community development roles. She was an elementary and middle school teacher in Washington Township in Indianapolis and Bartholomew County in Columbus.

As a member of the Modern Red Schoolhouse design team, Stroh has also worked with school districts across the country on school improvement efforts. She helped to establish the first public preschool program in Columbus and was a founding board member of kidscommons, the Columbus Children’s Museum.

Stroh’s corporate experience includes leadership of the learning and development team as well as community development and philanthropy programs with two financial institutions, First Financial Bank and Irwin Financial Corporation. She is active in economic development, financial stability and education-related initiatives in Columbus, where she resides.

Stroh earned bachelor and master of science degrees from Butler University in education and English, and her doctorate in educational leadership, administration and foundations from Indiana State University.

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