President James M. Danko has announced appointments to two new positions at the University—vice president for marketing and communications, and general counsel.

Matthew S. Mindrum has been appointed vice president for marketing and communications. Mindrum comes to Butler from Eli Lilly & Co., where he serves as marketing director, US Alzheimer’s Products.

Claire Konopa Aigotti has been appointed general counsel. She comes to Butler from the University of Notre Dame, where she has served as associate general counsel since March 2007.

Both begin their duties at Butler on July 29.

Mindrum graduated magna cum laude from Indiana University with a bachelor of music degree in voice performance. After earning an MBA at the Harvard Business School, he returned to Indiana to join Lilly, where he has held diverse roles with responsibility for strategy, brand development, marketing, and communications.

He is actively engaged in the Indianapolis community and serves on the board of directors for Indianapolis Opera. He and his wife, MaryAnn, live in Meridian-Kessler.

“Matt brings talent, experience, and enthusiasm to this crucial role, in which he will lead a high-performing team, direct internal and external communications, and manage the Butler brand in collaboration with key stakeholders across the University,” Danko said.

Aigotti graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor of arts in English and earned her doctorate of law from St. Thomas University in Miami, Fla. After returning to the South Bend area, she worked at a boutique law firm with a concentration on civil litigation and personal injury matters. In the Office of General Counsel at Notre Dame, she focused her practice on litigation, risk mitigation, and student issues.

She was actively engaged in the St. Joseph County Bar Association through its Board of Governors and the Robert A. Grant American Inn of Court. More recently, Aigotti has presented on a variety of issues for the National Association of College and University Attorneys. She and her husband, Matthew, have three children: Zachary, Isabelle, and Mallory.

“Claire will handle all legal matters on behalf of Butler,” Danko said. “Her work with internal stakeholders across the University will be essential to the advancement of the University. The establishment of an internal general counsel position also will yield fiscal and organizational efficiencies for Butler, which will serve to benefit our core educational mission.”


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