INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—Maxie L. Gardner, MHA, RN, BSN-CENP will serve as Butler University’s next Director of Health Services. Gardner begins her new role with Butler January 3, 2022. She will report to Scott Peden, Executive Director of Student Well-Being.
In her new role, Gardner will be responsible for the overall leadership and management of Health Services, providing critical support to student health and well-being. She will collaborate with University administration, Student Affairs colleagues, the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Department of Athletics, and other key campus and community health partners while managing the daily operations of the health clinic, including supervision of the clinical and administrative staff.
Gardner comes to Butler from Forefront Dermatology, where she has served as Regional Clinical Manager since 2020. She previously held leadership positions with Syneos Health and Indiana University Health’s Riley Hospital for Children.
“The students, faculty and staff comprising our search committee said Maxie separated herself from other candidates through her administrative leadership abilities, willingness to work collaboratively with campus constituents, her high sense of approachability, management and supervisory experience, time spent at Riley working with young adults, and her overall ability to speak on a number of topics that are currently critical to higher education,” Peden said. “In addition, Maxie’s focus on staff work/life balance, ability to be an advocate for Health Services, her openness to feedback, genuine interest in Butler, and her excellent interpersonal skills made everyone feel that she was a good fit for our culture.”
Gardner earned a Master of Health Administration degree from Indiana University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Marian University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Indiana University. Her additional credentials include American Organization of Nurse Leaders Certification in Executive Nursing Practice; Registered Nurse License−State of Indiana; Green Awareness Lean Certification; and Northwestern University, Kellogg Graduate School of Management Leadership Executive Program.
“I am truly thankful for the incredible opportunity to lead Butler University’s talented Health Services staff,” Gardner said. “The past two years have been extremely challenging for those of us working in the healthcare industry, as so many of us have experienced the strains of increased workloads and limited resources. But our patients need us now more than ever, and I pledge to work with my team to identify ways to more efficiently serve Butler’s students, so that they can make the most of their time on campus.”
About Butler University
Butler University is a nationally recognized comprehensive university encompassing six colleges: Arts, Business, Communication, Education, Liberal Arts & Sciences, and Pharmacy & Health Sciences. Approximately 4,500 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students are enrolled at Butler, representing 46 states and 22 countries. More than 75 percent of Butler students will participate in some form of internship, and Butler students have had significant success after graduation, as demonstrated by the University’s 97 percent placement rate within one year of graduation. The University was recently listed as the No. 1 regional university in the Midwest, according to the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings, in addition to being included in The Princeton Review’s annual “best colleges” guidebook.