Indiana children's commission gets first executive director

Updated 8/19/2017 8:05 AM

INDIANAPOLIS -- An Indiana commission created four years ago to address the needs of vulnerable children finally has its first director.

The Commission on Improving the Status of Children agreed Wednesday to hire Julie Whitman. She'll manage the commission's initiatives when she begins her job in September.

Whitman is vice president for engagement and advocacy at Indiana Youth Institute, an Indianapolis-based child advocacy group.

Former Gov. Mike Pence created the children's commission in 2013. The 18-member panel includes members from three branches of government as well as advocacy groups.

The commission's tasks include studying issues that plague vulnerable youth and reviewing and making recommendations on legislation.

Article Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.