July 3, 2017

The University of Saint Francis community was saddened to hear of the passing of civic leader and USF Emeritus Trustee Ian Rolland on July 1.

“Ian’s demonstration of leadership and commitment to social justice will continue to benefit others for generations to come. Very few people have had that level of lasting influence on our community,” said USF President Sister M. Elise Kriss. “He led with both strength and heart to improve the lives of others.”

Following 19 years as a USF director, Rolland was elected to the University of Saint Francis Board of Trustees in 1995. As chair of the Finance & Investment Committee, he assisted USF by providing invaluable guidance through many important milestones including the development of USF Downtown. He retired as board member emeritus in 2016. Throughout his career and beyond retirement, Rolland was extremely active in the Fort Wayne community, supporting nearly 40 local organizations that serve the area.

Part of his legacy of service was a commitment to the arts. Ian and his wife Mimi, who together received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne, graciously agreed to allow the university to name one of its facilities in their honor, the Mimi and Ian Rolland Art and Visual Communication Center, in the fall of 2000.

“Ian’s support of the arts has made our community a much more vibrant and interesting place to live,” said USF School of Creative Arts Dean Emeritus Rick Cartwright. “His support of the University of Saint Francis and the School of Creative Arts has been a blessing not only for our students but for the entire Fort Wayne community.”

Cartwright continued, “Ian was a great person, a real gentleman. His life, his respect for others and his love for our community are characteristics we should all strive to attain. His friendship will be deeply missed.”

Everyone at the University of Saint Francis extends their condolences to Mimi and the Rolland family.