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Former Office of Tourism Development director joins IUPUI faculty


June 15, 2012

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Amy Vaughan, formerly the director of the Indiana Office of Tourism Development, has joined the faculty of the IU School of Physical Education and Tourism Management at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Vaughan, who headed the state’s tourism office since 2005, will serve as director of internships and as a clinical assistant professor. One of Vaughan’s responsibilities will be to increase the school’s outreach to the tourism industry, said Jay Gladden, dean of the IU School of Physical Education and Tourism Management.

“Her extensive industry experience throughout the state will be of great benefit to students looking to work in tourism, hospitality, events and sports,” Gladden said. “We are also excited to have Amy in the classroom, where she will be able to share insights from the hospitality and tourism industries and further enhance the academic preparation our students receive.”

Before serving as director of the state’s tourism office for seven years, Vaughan was director of the Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau from 1992 to January 2005.

As an undergraduate, Vaughan graduated from Indiana University Bloomington with honors in English and journalism. She earned a master’s in philanthropic studies from IUPUI.

A recipient of the Indianapolis Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 award in 2006, Vaughan served as a board member of the Travel Industry Association of America's National Council of State Tourism Directors.

She currently serves on the Indianapolis Downtown Inc. marketing committee, the Greater Indianapolis Hospitality and Lodging Association board, the Indiana Historical Society Council of Advisors and Indiana Artisan board.