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 CO-CHAIRS 2014
Internationally known and multiple award winning actress 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 both a global business leader and an eminent philanthropist who has contributed to a wide range of charitable causes. DeHaan is President and CEO of CD Enterprises and pioneered the provision of international exchange and travel services in over 70 countries. She has received numerous honors and awards for her business leadership. Ms. DeHaan has also been recognized as one of America's top 50 business owners, as well as an outstanding citizen of the State of Indiana. She has contributed to philanthropic causes including the Indiana Symphony Society, the American Pianists Association, the Midwest Entrepreneurial Education Centre and the National Adoption Centre. At present, she dedicates considerable time and enthusiasm to the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, which includes Christel House, Inc., a charity which she established to help orphaned and abandoned children in developing countries. [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]
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]
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 NOMINATING COMMITTEE 2014
Dr. Onnie Byers, Chair, IUCN Species Survival Commission Conservation Breeding Specialist Group
Dr. Malcolm Hunter, Distinguished Professor, University of Maine; Author, Fundamentals of Conservation Biology
Dr. Jorg Junhold, President, World Association of Zoos & Aquariums
Peter Knights, Executive Director, WildAid
Cyril Kormos, J.D., Vice President for Policy, The WILD Foundation
Dr. Thomas Lovejoy, Biodiversity Chair, Heinz Center for Science, Economics, and Environment
Nancy V. Elder, Civic Volunteer, (Board Representative)
Nancy B. Hunt, Civic Volunteer, (Community Representative)
Robert Shumaker, Ph.D., Vice President of Life Sciences, (Staff Representative)
INDIANAPOLIS PRIZE JURY 2014
Want to know what it's like to serve on the Indianapolis Prize Jury? Read this interesting article featuring Moses Okello relating his experience helping to select the winner of the 2012 Prize.
Dr. Corey Bradshaw, Director, Ecological Modeling, The Environment Institute, University of Adelaide
Steve Burns, Chair, AZA Field Conservation Committee, Executive Director, Zoo Boise;
Dr. Stephen Hubbell, Distinguished Professor, UCLA; Sr. Scientist, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Dr. Norman Myers, Adjunct Professor of Environmental Science, Duke University; Visiting Fellow, Green College, Oxford University
Dr. Christoph Schwitzer, Head of Research, Bristol Conservation and Science Foundation;
David Yarnold, President & CEO, National Audubon Society
Paul B. Grayson, Deputy Director and Senior Vice President of Science and Conservation at the Indianapolis Zoo (Staff Representative)
Tom Linebarger, Chairman & CEO, Cummins Inc. (Community Representative)
Myrta J. Pulliam, Director of Special Projects, Indianapolis Star (Board Representative)
INDIANAPOLIS PRIZE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 2014
The Honorable Gregory A. Ballard
Mayor, City of Indianapolis [more ...]
Raised on the east side of Indianapolis, Gregory A. Ballard was elected as the 48th Mayor of Indianapolis in 2007 and re-elected to his second term in 2011. After earning his undergraduate degree in Economics from Indiana University, he entered the U.S. Marine Corps. Mayor Ballard met Winnie, his wife of 29 years, while stationed near San Diego. They have two adult children, Erica and Greg Jr. As a Marine, Mayor Ballard served in the Persian Gulf War and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after 23 years of service. He successfully transitioned to the corporate world, including several years as North American Operations Manager for Bayer in Indianapolis. As Mayor, Ballard has focused on fiscal responsibility and sound financial management in city government – passing four years of balanced budgets and eliminating a projected $170 million budget deficit for 2012. [close]
Mary Clare Broadbent
Civic Volunteer [more ...]
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, the Foundation Board of St. Vincent's Hospital, and the Advisory Board of the Indianapolis Women's Magazine. 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, 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. [close]
Brian W. Casey, Ph.D.
President, DePauw University [more ...]
Brian W. Casey became DePauw University's 19th president in 2008. Previously, he served as associate dean for academic affairs in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. As an undergraduate at the University of Notre Dame, he earned a B.A. in philosophy and economics, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and was graduated summa cum laude, receiving the Economics Award for his class. He went on to earn his J.D. from Stanford University Law School in 1988, graduating with honors. After pursuing a career in law, he earned his Ph.D. in the history of American civilization from Harvard University. At DePauw, Dr. Casey has focused on personal involvement on all levels of the university experience for the more than 2,400 students at this distinguished liberal arts college. In October 2010, he was honored with the Harvey G. Foster Award from Notre Dame for "his distinguished involvement in civic and university initiatives" – an embodiment of his mission to make DePauw a living and learning community of unmatched intellectual and creative energy, excitement, and relevance. [close]
Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr.
President, Purdue University [more ...]
In 2012, Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. was selected as Purdue University's twelfth president. 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 Rich 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 fro Distinguished Served to Education in 2010, in 2011 the Fiscy Award and Friend of the Family Award from the Indiana Family Institute, and 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. [close]
President, Butler University [more ...]
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 Michigan. [close]
Philanthropist [more ...]
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. [close]
Suzanne M. Fehsenfeld
Founder and Chairman, The Globe Foundation [more ...]
Suzanne Fehsenfeld is the President and Founder of Globe Foundation, a private foundation that strives to create partnerships with organizations that address global concerns, with a primary focus on conservation of wildlife and the environment. Known for her passion for conservation, Ms. Fehsenfeld's volunteerism includes serving on the board of such organizations as The Nature Conservancy and Lewa USA as well as holding a life-time board membership as a Founder Member of the Indianapolis Zoo. Her charitable work has involved working in partnership with such organizations as National Geographic, the Northern Rangelands Trust, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Save the Elephants, the IU-Kenya Partnership, Indiana University, Purdue University, Christel House and the Kenyan Agricultural Research Institute. Ms. Fehsenfeld received her Bachelor's Degree in Education from Indiana University and attended Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the Masters Degree of Education Program. [close]
President, CEO Dow AgroSciences [more ...]
Antonio Galindez has served as the President and CEO of Dow AgroSciences since October of 2009. Prior to that position, he served as vice president of Crops Business, through which he held seeds, traits and oil business responsibilities, as well as that of global agrochemicals. He joined the Dow Chemical Company in 1983 and has held multiple leadership roles. From 1986 to 1992, Galindez served in marketing and business areas in Europe. Until 1995 he was the country manager for Spain and Portugal, then became the Human Resources director for Europe. In 1997 he moved to Indianapolis as the global business leader in the agrochemical business. He was named vice president of the Latin America Trade Area in 2002 and led corporate strategy development. Also that year he became vice president for Europe, Latin America and the Pacific, until 2006, when he was named vice president of Crops Business. Galindez is a board member of CropLife International, the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership and BioCrossroads. He received an agriculture engineering degree from Madrid Univeristy in Madrid, Spain and a master's degree of science from North Carolina State University. [close]
Anton H. (Tony) George
Owner, Vision Investments, LLC [more ...]
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 three grandchildren. [close]
Jo Ann M. Gora, Ph.D.
President, Ball State University [more ...]
Ball State University's 14th president since 2004, Dr. Jo Ann Gora has led an update of Ball State's strategic plan and has increased its commitment to emerging media, campus diversity, and developing nationally ranked academic programs. Among many honors, on May 2009, Gora received the Mira Trailblazer Award from Techpoint for her significant and lasting contributions to technology innovation in Indiana. She was one of the charter signatories to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, and in May 2009, Gora and other officials broke ground on the largest geothermal district energy system in the United States, which will eventually allow the University to reduce its carbon footprint by nearly half. President Gora began serving a four-year term on the American Council on Education's Board of Directors in 2011. She is a member of the Association of Governing Boards' Council of Presidents, chairs the Mid-American Conference Presidents' Council, co-chairs the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, and serves on the boards of First Merchants Bank, Ball Memorial Hospital, and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. She also received a Sagamore of the Wabash, Indiana's highest civilian honor, in 2005. Gora came to Ball State from the University of Massachusetts Boston, where she had been chancellor since 2001. She earned her bachelor's degree in political science from Vassar College and master's and doctoral degrees in sociology from Rutgers University. [close]
Catherine A. Langham
President and CEO, Langham Logistics, Inc. [more ...]
Cathy Langham co-founded Langham Logistics, Inc. in 1988 and functions as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Langham, a graduate of Indiana University, focuses on business strategy, development, and critical projects. With more than 25 years of logistics expertise, Langham works with business leaders in a wide spectrum of industries including pharmaceutical, food & beverage, and automotive, as well as other industries with complex supply chains. Langham also serves on the boards of Directors of HHGregg Inc., Celadon Group Inc., the Finish Line Inc., as well as the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, the Superbowl 2012 Host Committee, and the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce. Cathy is married to Rick Kocerha, and they have a 12-year-old son, Stephen. [close]
Michael A. McRobbie, D.Sc.
President, Indiana University [more ...]
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 $2.7 billion and over 5,000 faculty, 11,000 staff, and 100,000 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. [close]
Michael S. (Mickey) Maurer, J.D.
Chairman of the Board, The National Bank of Indianapolis [more ...]
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. [close]
Samuel L. Odle, FACHE
Senior Policy Advisor, Bose Public Affairs Group, LLC [more ...]
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 2007. [close]
Jeffrey H. Smulyan, J.D.
Chairman of the Board, EMMIS Communications Corporation [more ...]
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. [close]
Vice President, Operating Officer, Indianapolis Colts [more ...]
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]
INDIANAPOLIS PRIZE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE 2014
Director of Special Projects, The Indianapolis Star
President & CEO, Indianapolis Zoo
Robert Shumaker, Ph.D.
Vice President of Life Sciences, Indianapolis Zoo
Senior Vice President for External Relations and Communications, Indianapolis Zoo
Special Events Manager, Indianapolis Zoo
Executive Assistant, Indianapolis Zoo
Conservation Communications Specialist, Indianapolis Zoo
Vice President of Operations, Maribeth Smith & Associates, Inc.
Director of Special Projects, The Indianapolis Star
President, Maribeth Smith & Associates, Inc.
President, Maribeth Smith & Associates, Inc.
Vice President of Operations, Maribeth Smith & Associates, Inc.
Gala Dinner & Sponsorship
Karen F. Crotchfelt
President and Publisher of The Indianapolis Star
President, Slots, Billiards & More
Dennis I. Bassett
Chairman, Chase Indiana
Sally Brown-Bassett, Ph.D.
Owner, Peace Through Yoga
Conservation Communications Specialist, Indianapolis Zoo
Sr. Vice President and Partner, VOX Global
Volunteer Services, Indianapolis Zoo
Owner, Mays Entertainment LLC