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Faces Behind the Places of DePauw University

This guide includes historical information about the people behind DePauw University's building names.

Justin and Darrianne Christian

                                           Justin Christian

Justin ChristianJustin P. Christian is the CEO and Founder of BCforward. He graduated from DePauw University with a B.A. in Computer Science. Since founding the company in 1998, he has grown BCforward into a global IT Services and Workforce fulfillment corporation.

Christian leads the overall BCforward corporate strategy and develops executive level relationships with its customers and corporate partners. He serves as a member on the boards of the Lumina Foundation, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, AAA Hoosier Motor Club, and the DePauw University Board of Trustees, among others. Christian is also a member of the Business Equity for Indianapolis Taskforce. In 2020, Ernst & Young (EY) named Christian as a National Entrepreneur of the Year Award winner. 

Source: BCforward website: Accessed: March 8, 2021.

                                            Darrianne Christian

Darrianne ChristianDarrianne P. Christian was born and raised in Gary, Indiana. She received her B.A. in Computer Science from Depauw University and an M.B.A. in Management from the University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business. 

Darrianne started her career with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) after being recruited into the Stokes Scholar program while still a student in high school. After several years with the CIA, Darrianne spent the remainder of her career working in information technology as a program manager and consultant at various companies before leaving the workforce to care for her children exclusively. She was known as the ‘fix it guru’ and was often tasked to lead turn around operations in failed information technology implementations. As a direct report to the CEO, she was able to identify key talent and organize teams for mission critical projects that yielded significant benefit to the organization and often resulted in substantial financial savings to the bottom line.

Darrianne currently serves on the board of Newfields, formerly known as the Indianapolis Museum Art (IMA), the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), Lakeland Financial Corporation, as well as Lake City Bank. In addition, she has been the resident ‘pinch hitter’ for BCforward, a family business founded by her husband shortly after they were married. BCforward has grown from a startup with 2 employees in 1998 to a 6,500-person information technology consulting and workforce fulfillment firm with delivery capabilities throughout North America, Europe & Asia. She is also a parent volunteer at Park Tudor School where she serves on the lower school parent council.

Source: Eskenazi Health Foundation Board Member website: Accessed: March 8, 2021.


The Justin and Darrianne Christian Center for Diversity and Inclusion was dedicated and officially opened on November 11, 2017. The Center is home to the Association of African American Students (AAAS) and the Dorothy Brown Cultural Resource Center. It offers cultural programming and services for students of color and international students; support student identity-affinity organizations such as United DePauw, the Committee for Latino Concerns, and the Asian American Resource Center; advocate for social justice; and assist in fostering a safe and affirming campus climate for all students.