Alumni Relations

Andrew Gritzmaker


Andrew Gritzmaker Andrew Gregory Gritzmaker
 Mad Anthonys Children's Hope House

 Executive Director

 M.P.M. '10 - Public Management

 B.S. '08 - Public Affairs  

Q: How has your degree been beneficial to you and your career?
A: My degree cracked the door open to the professional world and gave me the confidence I needed to keep pushing forward.

Q: How did you become interested in your field?
A: The School of Public and Environmental Affairs offered a variety of career possibilities which was attractive. I focused on health care and in May 2007 I began an internship with Lutheran Hospital. I ended up staying over 6 years. First with Human Resources and then in Quality as Risk Manager. I have always enjoyed working with people, both public affairs and health care turned out to be a great conduits for that passion.

Q: What is the best career advice you have been given?
 "The greatest gift you can give someone is your time." - Rick Warren, Author This applies to your family, your community and your co-workers.

Q: What course(s) have you found to be most valuable in your professional life? 
 Looking back on my time at IPFW it is hard to isolate a specific course or group of courses that helped me to this point in my career. Rather, I view my degrees as a collection of character building experiences with guidance from great teammates, role models and educators.

Q: What would be your advice to someone who is considering IPFW?
IPFW is a great school with great staff and faculty that care about their students.

Q: What advice would you give to a current IPFW student?
A: Make the most of each day, each course, and each experience. Your time at IPFW will be short but exciting.

Q: Do you have a favorite and/or funny story about your time at IPFW?
A: The Men's Cross Country Team met for practice each day outside of Gates Sports Center and often we would see Coach Dane Fife come and go from the complex. He would always greet us and say a few words. One year during the NCAA tournament some of the Cross guys were down in Indy and we passed Dane as he was walking in a restaurant. We stopped and lifted Dane up in the air and started chanting his name. Soon we were surrounded by pedestrians taking photos. Dane just laughed it off and calmly walked away from the crowed and towards a different establishment. I guess we took his celebrity for granted all those years when he passed us near Gates.

Q: What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishments, both personally and professionally? 
A: Becoming the Executive Director for Mad Anthonys Children's Hope House is my greatest accomplishment. I love what we do here and who we do it for. I feel humbled each day to have this opportunity.

Q: Where do you hope to be in 10 years?
A: Still enjoying my work.

Q: How would you like to be remembered?
A: As an awesome husband, uncle, son and brother.