The Indianapolis Prize could not exist without the hours of contributions from the people behind the Prize. The various committees are composed of dedicated and talented individuals who have combined their expertise to create a program with a significant international impact.
INDIANAPOLIS PRIZE HONORARY CHAIRS 2016
Internationally known and multiple award winning actor and environmentalist Jane Alexander has been involved with the Indianapolis Prize since the first Prize Gala in 2006, which she emceed. She was joined in that task at the 2008 Prize Gala by her good friend, actor and fellow environmentalist Sam Waterston. Alexander, known for her outstanding performances on stage, film and television, is a passionate supporter of the arts (she formerly served as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts) and of nature (she formerly served as Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation for the State of New York). She is dedicated to the preservation of wildlife and her support of the Indianapolis Prize has been significant and generous. [close]
Christel DeHaan is an accomplished businesswomen, philanthropist and community leader who has contributed to a wide range of charitable causes. DeHaan founded the Christel House International in 1998 as a way to help orphaned and abandoned children in developing countries. DeHaan is known for her generosity when it comes to the city of Indianapolis. She has served on a number of local boards that support the city. She has contributed to philanthropic causes such as the Indiana Symphony Society and the Midwest Entrepreneurial Education Centre. Thorough her accomplishments, she has earned numerous awards and recognition. DeHaan also holds three doctorate degrees from Marian University, the University of Indianapolis and the University of Nottingham, England. DeHaan dedicates much of her time today to the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation. [close]
Well known actor and conservationist, activist Harrison Ford has served on the board of Conservation International for more than 10 years. Conservation International is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., that seeks to protect Earth's biodiversity "hotspots," high-biodiversity wilderness areas, as well as important marine regions around the globe. The group is also known for its partnerships with local non-governmental organizations and indigenous peoples. Ford has received numerous environmental awards, including the 2002 Global Environmental Citizen Award from Harvard Medical School. Among his many memorable film roles are as Han Solo in Star Wars, the Indiana Jones trilogy, Witness, The Fugitive, Air Force One and Regarding Henry. [close]
GILBERT M. GROSVENOR
The legendary Gilbert Grosvenor is chairman of the National Geographic Society's Education Foundation and is a member of the Society's board of trustees. Grosvenor was president of National Geographic from 1980 to 1996, the fifth generation of his family to have served in that position. In 1975, Grosvenor created National Geographic World (now National Geographic Kids), a monthly magazine for children. In 1985 he launched an effort to improve geography education in the nation's classrooms. The Society's Geography Education Outreach division and its local partners have invested more than $110 million in improving geography in America's K-12 schools. In June 2004 Grosvenor received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.[close]
Born and raised in Plantation, Florida (near Fort Lauderdale), Carl graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in journalism. After two years as a reporter for Cocoa Today out of Cocoa, Florida, he joined the Miami Herald in 1976, where he still works. From 1979 he turned to investigative journalism, concentrating on construction and property development - exposing schemes to destroy Florida's natural beauty. Eventually, in the 1980s, he embarked on a career as a novelist. He co-wrote three thrillers with fellow-journalist Bill Montalbano - Powder Burn (1981), Trap Line (1981), and A Death in China (1986). After Montalbano became a foreign correspondent, Hiaasen wrote his first book, Tourist Season (1986) - introducing many of his distinctive styles and themes. Hiaasen's fiction mirrors his concerns as a journalist and Floridian. His novels have been classified as "environmental thrillers" and are usually found on the crime shelves in bookshops, although they can just as well be read as mainstream satires of contemporary life. [close]
ROGER W. SANT
Roger Sant is Co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of The AES Corporation, a global power company operating in 27 countries. Prior to starting AES in 1981, he was Assistant Administrator for Energy Conservation and the Environment at the Federal Energy Administration. He was also the Director of the Energy Productivity Center, an energy research organization affiliated with the Mellon Institute at Carnegie-Mellon University. Mr. Sant is on the Board of Regents, Smithsonian Institution and Chairs the Boards of Trustees of The Summit Foundation, and The Summit Fund of Washington. He chaired the WWF National Council from September 2001 to September 2002. Mr. Sant received a B.S. from Brigham Young University and an M.B.A. with Distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Business. [close]
E.O. WILSON, Ph.D.
One of the world's most distinguished scientists, biologist E.O. Wilson is a professor and honorary curator in entomology at Harvard. In 1975, he published Sociobiology: The New Synthesis, a work that described social behavior, from ants to humans. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, where he taught from 1956. Recognized as the world's leading authority on ants, he discovered their use of pheromone for communication and wrote, The Insect Societies (1971) which was the definitive treatment of the subject. He won the 1978 Pulitzer Prize for, On Human Nature, where he explored sociobiology's implications in regard to human aggression, sexuality, and ethics. With Bert Hölldobler he wrote the major study, The Ants (1990, Pulitzer Prize.) In, The Diversity of Life (1992) he examined how the world's species became diverse and the massive extinctions caused by 20th-century human activities. In, Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge (1998) he proposed that all of existence can be organized and understood in accordance with a few fundamental natural laws. [close]
INDIANAPOLIS PRIZE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 2016
Chairman and CEO, Gregory & Appel Insurance
Dan has more than 25 years' experience in the insurance industry and is the fourth generation in his family to lead Gregory & Appel Insurance. Dan oversees some of the agency's largest accounts, drawing on his extensive understanding of insurance and risk management. Dan is widely respected for his considerable community involvement with organizations such as Noble of Indiana and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. A Certified Insurance Counselor, Dan holds an Indiana Agents License. He earned his B.S. in finance from Indiana University.
Myrta J. Pulliam
Director, Special Projects, Indy Star
Myrta Pulliam is the Chair of the Indianapolis Prize Executive Committee and was part of the group who created the award in 2006. She also serves on the board of the Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc. Pulliam's philanthropic work spans local and global efforts, from conservation to investigative journalism. Following in footsteps of both her father and grandfather, she pursued roles at the Indianapolis Star newspaper, including being part of the Pulitzer Prize winning investigative team in 1975 and now as the director of special projects. With service throughout the Indianapolis community, Pulliam is also involved with the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Women's Fund of Central Indiana, Depauw University, Queens University of Charlotte, Methodist Health Foundation and the Central Indiana Community Foundation.
Mary Clare Broadbent
Mary Clare Broadbent is currently Chair of the 500 Festival Foundation
Board of Directors, and she serves on the Board of Governors of the
Indianapolis Art Museum. . Extremely active in the community, Ms.
Broadbent has also served on the boards of the Children's Museum of
Indianapolis, Park Tudor School, the Junior League of Indianapolis, the Civic
Theatre, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Advisory Board of the
Indianapolis Women’s Magazine, the Foundation Board of St. Vicnent’s Hospital
and the Christamore Aid Society. She co-chaired the inaugural
Zoobilation event at the Indianapolis Zoo and the National Figure Skating
Championships, as well as chairing the opening and closing ceremonies of the
Pan American Games, all in Indianapolis.
Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr.
President, Purdue University
Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. became the 12th president of
Purdue University in January 2013, at the conclusion of his second term as
Governor of the State of Indiana.He was elected as the 49th governor of Indiana
in 2004 and was reelected in 2008. He came from a successful career in business
and government and held various top management positions in both private and
public sectors. He worked as the CEO of the Hudson Institute and President of
Eli Lily and Company's North American Pharmaceutical Operations. He also served
as Chief of Staff to Senator Richard Lugar, Senior Advisor to President Ronald
Reagan and Director of the Office of Management and Budget for President George
W. Bush. During his first term as Indiana Governor, Daniels spearheaded
reforms aimed at improving state government performance. In 2005 he led the
state to its first balance budget in 8 years and in 2011, he helped guide
Indiana to pass the most sweeping education reforms in the country. He received
The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation's Inaugural Medal for
Distinguished Served to Education for his efforts to reform education in 2010.In
March 2011, Daniels was a recipient of the Wetland Conservation Achievement
Award and the 2011 Friend of the Family Award from the Indiana Family Institute.
In 2012 the Manhattan Institute presented him with the Alexander Hamilton
Award. He has also received awards for his efforts in conservation, and
strengthening of American institutions. He was asked in 2013 to co-chair a
National Research Council committee to review U.S. human spaceflight programs,
and was elected in March to the board of Energy Systems Network. Daniels is
also an author, and earned his bachelor's degree from the Woodrow Wilson School
of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University in 1971, and a law
degree from Georgetown University in 1979.
President, Butler University
In 2011, James Danko became the twenty-first president of Butler
University. Prior to academia, he was an entrepreneur in Cleveland, Ohio. At
age 19, he founded a medical equipment company, which was later expanded to a
health-care and fitness provider. Danko taught entrepreneurship and held
leadership roles with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Babson
College and the University of Michigan. He served as the associate dean at the
Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, and dean of Villanova School of
Business. Through his first year as president of Butler, Danko has helped to
establish the Butler Innovation Fund, and has led multiple institutional
changes, including efforts to achieve net climate neutrality and athletic
transitions. He has been an active participant in the global dialogue on higher
education, and served as a founding board member and president of the MBA
Roundtable, a member of the international board of the Graduate Management
Admission Council, and has worked with political and corporate leaders to
strengthen program opportunities for minority business owners. He received his
bachelor's degree in religious studies from John Carroll University and his
master of business administration with high honors at the University of
In 1998, Lori Efroymson-Aguilera and her late husband, Dan, established the Efroymson Family Fund with a $90 million gift. Since Dan's death in 1999, Lori and their two children, Jeremy and Elissa, have continued the family's philanthropic tradition by providing support to charitable organizations throughout Indianapolis, the state of Indiana, and across the U.S. The Efroymson Family Fund, part of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, is one of the largest donor-advised funds in the United States, awarding more than $60 million to not-for-profit organizations. The Fund continues a long legacy of charitable commitment by the Efroymson family in Central Indiana. For 80 years, three generations – Gustave, Robert and Dan – served without interruption on The Indianapolis Foundation Board of Trustees. The family's grant-making focus has been to improve the viability of Indianapolis and provide funds for the welfare of the disadvantaged; the natural environment; historic preservation; and the well-being of the Jewish people. Lori continues the tradition alongside her husband, the former Mexican Consul to Indianapolis, Sergio Aguilera. Lori Efroymson-Aguilera received her Bachelor of Science in Social Studies Education from Florida State University.
Suzanne M. Fehsenfeld
of ESCAPE Foundation, Inc. & Mara Elephant Project
Suzanne Fehsenfeld founded ESCAPE Foundation, Inc. in 2011 from her passion for wildlife conservation with a global vision. Her frequent African travels to the Maasai Mara inspired ESCAPE's first boots on the ground initiative, Mara Elephant Project, which she founded to protect the region's African elephants. Suzanne possesses both a global and local lens. Her commitment to wildlife conservation prevails globally through her work with Tusk Trust and Stop Ivory and in Indiana as a founder member of the Indianapolis Zoo.
Anton H. (Tony) George
Owner, Vision Investments, LLC
Tony George has had the privilege of serving many of Indiana's great
institutions in the past 25 years. In addition to serving as
President and CEO, he has been a member of the board of Hulman & Company
and its subsidiaries, including the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He
serves on the boards of Vectren Corporation, First Financial Corporation, Deep
Vein Coal Company, Princeton Mining Company, and R.J. Oil Company. A
native of Terre Haute, he serves on the Foundation Board of his Alma Mater,
Indiana State University, and the Board of Trustees of Rose-Hulman Institute of
Technology, as well as on the boards of the Riley Children's Foundation and the
United States Auto Club. Mr. George has been honored with a Sagamore
of the Wabash, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce's Business Leader of the Year
Award, the Autosport Pioneering & Innovation Award, and the Formula One
Constructors Association Award. He and his wife Laura live in
Indianapolis. They have three children and five grandchildren.
Michael S. (Mickey) Maurer, J.D.
Chairman of the Board, The National Bank of Indianapolis
Mickey's career as an attorney and entrepreneur has included cable television, film production, radio broadcasting, newspaper publishing and banking. An Indianapolis native, Mickey attended the University of Colorado and graduated with a B.S. in accounting. He serves on the Board of Visitors of the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado. Mickey attended Indiana University School of Law where he received a J.D. in 1967. In 2008, the school was renamed Indiana University Maurer School of Law. He is admitted to both the New York and the Indiana Bars. Mickey serves as Chairman of the Board of IBJ Media, which owns the Indianapolis Business Journal, Court and Commercial Record, and The Indiana Lawyer. Mickey serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of The National Bank of Indianapolis, a financial institution he founded in 1993. In 2001, Mickey established "Mickey's Camp," a charitable endeavor that has raised more than $1,000,000 for Central Indiana charities. In 2005, Mickey was named President of the Indiana Economic Development Corp., and in 2006, Mickey served as Indiana Secretary of Commerce. Mickey enjoys leadership through active participation as a director of numerous businesses, civic, education and philanthropic organizations.
D. Mark McCoy, Ph.D.
President, DePauw University
D. Mark McCoy was appointed DePauw University's twentieth president on March 7, 2016, and began his term on July 1, 2016. Previously he served as dean of the DePauw University School of Music from 2011-2016. During his tenure, the music school attracted the largest first-year class in its history, doubled annual audiences, raised $23.5 million, and drew national attention to an innovative restructuring of music programs in higher education.
With degrees from Shepherd College, the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University and Texas Tech University, McCoy has taught at the primary, secondary, undergraduate and graduate levels. His diverse educational background makes him a firm believer in and product of both the professional school and the liberal arts tradition. A first-generation college student, he is acutely aware of the impact access to America's finest educational opportunities can have.
Michael A. McRobbie, D.Sc.
President, Indiana University
Michael A. McRobbie became Indiana University's eighteenth president on
July 1, 2007, and is responsible for IU's eight-campus system, which has a
total budget of around $3 billion and over 7,000 faculty, 11,000 staff, and 115,000
students. As president, McRobbie has set out a vision for IU that stresses and
reaffirms IU's fundamental mission of excellence in research and
teaching. In addition to serving as IU's top administrator,
President McRobbie is a professor of computer science and holds appointments in
a variety of other areas in departments on both the IU Bloomington and Indiana
University–Purdue University Indianapolis campuses. He has been an active
researcher in computer science and logic over his career. He has been principal
investigator on numerous large grants from agencies such as the National
Science Foundation, has published a number of books, and has served on
editorial boards and conference committees. In 1996, he co-founded the Asian
Pacific Advanced Network, a high-performance computer network for the research
and education community in the Asia-Pacific region. More recently he was
appointed as an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia, one
of that nation's highest honors, and elected an honorary member of the
Australian Academy of Humanities. In addition to his duties as president,
McRobbie serves on several outside committees and organizations. He isa
member and former chair of the Board of Trustees of Internet2 and chair of
the Board of Directors of the Digital Preservation Network. He is a
member and former chair of the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors,
and a member of the National Security Higher Education Advisory Board, and a
member and former chair of University Research Associates, which is
responsible for Fermi Lab. In 2014, McRobbie received the Anti-Defamation
League’s “Man of Achievement Award,” which recognizes individuals who have
demonstrated exceptional commitment to community, justice and equal opportunity
for all and in
2015, the Australian National University honored him as Alumnus of the Year.
Samuel L. Odle, FACHE
Senior Policy Advisor, Bose Public Affairs Group, LLC
Sam Odle most recently served as the chief operating officer of
Indianapolis-based IU Health and held the position of CEO of both Methodist
Hospital and University Hospital. He retired in July 2012 after a career that
started as vice president of operations at Methodist Hospital in 1981. As
senior policy adviser at the Bose Public Affairs Group, Odle works with clients
on a variety of public policy issues that will include health care and the life
sciences. Active in the community, Odle is involved with numerous organizations
including the Boy Scouts of America and the United Way of Central Indiana. In
2008, Odle served as chairman of the United Way fundraising campaign which
raised nearly $39 million. He has been recognized on several occasions for both
his professional and community service. In 2011, Odle received the prestigious
Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee "Charles L. Whistler Award"
for his visionary and enthusiastic leadership in serving the community and also
his success in bringing together the public and private sectors for civic improvement
in Indianapolis. Odle was inducted into the Indiana Business Hall of Fame in
Derica W. Rice
Executive Vice President, Global Services and Chief Financial Officer, Eli Lilly and Company
Derica Rice is executive vice president of global services and chief financial officer for Eli Lilly and Company. After joining Lilly in 1990 as an international treasury associate, Derica served in a variety of roles, including sales representative, manager of global financial planning and analysis for the medical devices division, and global planning manager for pharmaceuticals. He then became finance director and chief financial officer for Lilly Canada, after which he was named vice president and chief financial officer for European operations based in London. Derica next served as general manager of Lilly's U.K. affiliate and then as Lilly's vice president and controller until he was promoted to CFO in 2006.
Derica earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Kettering University and a master's degree in business administration from Indiana University. He serves as a member of the board of directors for Target Corporation and the Center for Leadership Development. Rice was formerly on the Indiana University Board of Trustees, Indiana University Health North Hospital Board and the Indianapolis Museum of Art's Board of Governors.
Jeffrey H. Smulyan, J.D.
Chairman of the Board, EMMIS Communications Corporation
Jeffrey H. Smulyan serves as Chairman of the Board of Emmis
Communications Corporation, an Indianapolis–based radio, TV and magazine
publishing company. A cum laude graduate of the University of Southern
California with a B.A. in History and Telecommunications, Smulyan earned a J.
D. from USC School of Law. Smulyan formed and became principal shareholder of
Emmis in 1980. A public company since 1994, Emmis owns and operates 20 FM and 2
AM radio stations in the nation's largest markets; six local, regional and
national magazine operations; and radio stations in Slovakia and Bulgaria. A former
director of the National Association of Broadcasters and former Chairman of the
Board of Directors of the Radio Advertising Bureau, Mr. Smulyan sits on the
Board of Trustees of the University of Southern California. He is a member of
numerous civic boards and committees. He received the American Women in Radio
and Television's Star Award in 1994 and the Entrepreneur of the Year Award from
Ernst & Young the following year. In 1994, Smulyan was named by The White
House to head the U.S. Delegation to the Plenipotentiary Conference of the
International Telecommunications Union. As a United States Ambassador, he
represented the U.S. in various bilateral meetings, negotiating a landmark
agreement between Israel and the PLO. In 2004, he was inducted into the
Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. Among many other honors, Smulyan has
received the State of Indiana's "Sagamore of the Wabash" and was
inducted into the Indiana Business Hall of Fame.
Vice President, Operating Officer, Indianapolis Colts
Pete Ward has been a part of the Indianapolis Colts since a 1981
internship with the team's public relations department. He graduated from the
University or Virginia in 1982 and was then hired as the club's administrative
assistant. In March 1984 he was promoted to director of operations, and was
named vice president in 1997. Ward was able to serve as the point-person on
both the design and construction of Lucas Oil Stadium. He also served as the
team's liaison for Super Bowl XLVI. He was named chairman of Indiana
University's Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center in 2012. Ward also serves as a
board member to the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Indiana Convention and
Visitors Association, and the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce. [close]
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