Franklin College Chaplain and Director of Religious Life Hannah Adams Ingram will serve as interim director of the campus diversity center.

Adams Ingram enters the role as its long-time director, Terri Roberts-Leonard, departs for a new job. News of Roberts-Leonard’s exit first broke in December, and Andrew Jones, vice president for student development at Franklin College, announced in an email Adams Ingram would be appointed as the Center for Diversity & Inclusion’s new leader Jan. 18.

“I know you join me in thanking Terri for her years of service to Franklin College and her commitment to helping FC become a more inclusive institution,” Jones said. “We especially appreciate the care and support she showed for under-represented students on campus and the passion she demonstrates for social justice.”

Adams Ingram will lead the center with CDI Program Coordinator Kalyn Johnson until a permanent director is identified. Jones said the college is planning a national search to hire the next director that will take place over the spring semester.

“Terri-Roberts Leonard led the CDI with a deep personal commitment to young people, social justice, and service, and I’m thankful to have learned so much from working alongside her in the student development department,” Adams Ingram said. “I look forward to continuing to support the mission and work of the CDI while we eagerly search for our next director.”

In addition to leading the Office of Religious Life, Adams Ingram serves the college’s Black Student Union as a faculty advisor. She is the host of the Chapel Chats podcast and is leading two “Anti-Racist Growth Groups” this month, where participating students, faculty and staff are reading and journaling from the book “Me and White Supremacy” by Layla F. Saad.

Roberts-Leonard is leaving Franklin College after almost nine years to join Carmel Clay Schools as its first diversity, equity and inclusion officer.

“The last 8.5 years have brought many challenges and successes and I am grateful for my time spent here,” Roberts-Leonard said in an email. “I thank each and every one of you who supported the CDI and contributed to the success it has had.”

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