- IU South Bend Distinguished Alumni Award (2018)
Thanks to the accessibility of an IU South Bend education, Joseph Mancini became the first member of his Italian immigrant family to earn a college degree in 1978 in accounting. While a student he was a photographer for the IU South Bend newspaper, The Preface.
Mancini joined Price Waterhouse as a tax staff accountant in 1978. Mancini moved to Metzger & Company CPAs in 1981 and over the years with the company rose to managing partner. The firm is now known as Metzger, Mancini & Lackner. In 2003, under Mancini’s leadership, the firm received the Small Business of the Year Award from the South Bend Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Mancini has donated his time and his accounting skills to benefit many nonprofit organizations in the area, often in leadership positions. He was finance chair of the South Bend Regional Chamber Board of Directors from 2001 to 2006, and treasurer of the Board of Trustees of the South Bend Museum of Art from 2003 to 2007. He has also completed terms as president of the Michiana chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants, the Notre Dame Quarterback Club, and the South Gateway Rotary Club.
Mancini has served St. Matthew Cathedral as a finance committee member for 25 years, and has volunteered his services to Notre Dame’s tax assistance program (TAP) for more than 35 years. He served as a member of the Business Advisory Council for the IU South Bend Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics from 2007 to 2015. He is also currently the treasurer of the Forever Learning Institute, a ministry that offers courses to older adults that are taught by an all-volunteer faculty.
He served as treasurer on the IUSB Arts Foundation for the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts from 2005 to 2016. In 2016, Mancini celebrated his appreciation for the arts by funding a scholarship endowment at IU South Bend that assists a photography student.
Last year, Mancini and his wife, Gail, were presented with the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts’ Rising Star Award in recognition of their support of the Raclin School. In 2018, IU South Bend honored his contributions to the institution by awarding him the Distinguished Alumni Award.