Charlotte F. Westerhaus-Renfrow

Clinical Assistant Professor, IU Kelley School of Business


Charlotte Westerhaus-Renfrow is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Business Law and Management in the IU Kelley School of Business at IUPUI and adjunct law professor at the IU Maurer School of Law in Bloomington. A certified trainer/facilitator, she has delivered conferences, keynote presentations, and leadership training to Fortune 500 companies, government and private agencies, and universities and colleges through both public seminars and on-site training and coaching. Her expert views have been presented in The New York Times, U.S.A. Today, and The Huffington Post.

Ms. Westerhaus-Renfrow previously served as the interim president of Martin University in Indianapolis from 2010-2012. She was the former vice president for diversity and inclusion at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

Before taking the position at the NCAA, Ms. Westerhaus-Renfrow was the assistant to the president and director of equal opportunity and diversity at the University of Iowa. In addition to her administrative duties, she was an adjunct professor at University of Iowa's Tippie College of Business, where she taught courses in Business Law and Ethics in Management.

Prior to her work at the University of Iowa, Ms. Westerhaus-Renfrow served as the director of Purdue University's affirmative action office and as the assistant to the chancellor for equity and diversity at the University of Wisconsin, Parkside. She has also worked as a student affairs professional at the University of California - Davis and Pomona College.

In addition to her experience working with diversity and inclusion issues, Ms. Westerhaus-Renfrow was an attorney with Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, Milwaukee; and an associate attorney with the Milwaukee law firm of Foley & Lardner where she practiced in civil litigation.

Ms. Westerhaus-Renfrow has a deep connection to the Indianapolis community and serves on several boards including the Indianapolis Charter School Board, The Early Career Academy Board, Talent Alliance, Salvation Army, and the Indiana Board of Bar Examiners.

Ms. Westerhaus-Renfrow earned her J.D. from Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 1991. While attending law school, she was the first African American female to be admitted to the Indiana Law Journal and served as the assistant editor. In addition, while she was still a law student, she clerked for Indiana Supreme Court Justice Brent E. Dickson. She received a B.S. degree in journalism from Ohio University in 1976 and a master of education degree, also from Ohio University, in 1986.