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.
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. The inaugural Jane Alexander Global Wildlife Ambassador Award was presented to its namesake in recognition of her decades-long commitment as a voice and champion for species.
2012 Prize Winner and Chief Scientist, Polar Bears International
2006 Indianapolis Prize Winner and Co-founder & Senior Conservationist, International Crane Foundation
The reigning Monarch of Monaco His Serene Highness Prince Albert II is an ocean conservationist, a philanthropist for protection of human rights, a five-time Olympian, and the 2021 Jane Alexander Global Wildlife Ambassador Award recipient.
In 2006, His Serene Highness proved his passion for wildlife conservation by establishing the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation to address the planet’s alarming environmental situation. The foundation directly raises funds and initiates action for ecological sustainability, establishes partnerships and carries out projects that limit the effects of climate change. The foundation makes water a priority, safeguarding the biodiversity and resources of the Mediterranean basin, the polar regions and least developed countries.
His Serene Highness’ love for the natural world is rooted in a commitment to the world that will be left for future generations. His foundation has 10 foreign branches and has funded almost 700 projects for a total engagement of 84 million €.
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. He received the 2018 Jane Alexander Global Wildlife Ambassador Award.
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.
2010 Indianapolis Prize Winner and Founder & Senior Scientist, Big Life Foundation
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.
2016 Indianapolis Prize Winner and Chief Scientist, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
2018 Indianapolis Prize Winner and Chief Conservation Officer, Re:wild
2008 Indianapolis Prize Winner
2021 Indianapolis Prize Winner, Director & Co-Founder, Project Seahorse and Professor at the Institute for Oceans and Fisheries at The University of British Columbia
Since her starring role as primatologist Dian Fossey in the 1988 film “Gorillas in the Mist,” Weaver has been an advocate for the mountain gorillas of Rwanda and serves as honorary chair of The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International. In addition to her work with gorillas, Weaver earned further credibility as she joined other conservationists at the United Nations General Assembly in 2006 to call for a moratorium on high-seas bottom trawling and narrated the National Resources Defense Council’s “Acid Test,” a documentary exploring ocean acidification and its effects on key species in the food chain. Weaver continues to take roles that exemplify conservation action, including narrating BBC’s hit TV series “Planet Earth” and playing Dr. Grace Augustine in James Cameron’s 2009 blockbuster “Avatar.” Her involvement in conservation has earned several honors, including the Explorer’s Club Communication Award, Audubon’s Rachel Carson Award and in 2016 the Jane Alexander Global Wildlife Ambassador Award.
2014 Indianapolis Prize Winner and Founder & Executive Director, the Institute for the Conservation of Tropical Environments and Centre ValBio
Jeffrey A. Harrison is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Citizens Energy Group, responsible for establishing and maintaining the vision and strategic direction for the organization; ensuring a culture which maintains a strong focus on customer needs while demonstrating high regard for employees, teamwork, continual improvement, and integrity; ensuring operational and financial prowess; and ensuring a responsible commitment to the vitality and success of Central Indiana.
Harrison has served the utility industry for more than 30 years. He has held such positions as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Senior Vice President of Engineering and Sustainability, Vice President of Capital Programs & Engineering, Vice President of Engineering and Facilities Management, Vice President Manufacturing, and Corporate Strategist. Harrison has a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and an MBA from Indiana University. He is a graduate of the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Program, the Hoosier Fellows Program, and the Diversity Leadership Academy of Greater Indianapolis.
Harrison serves on the Board of Directors for 16 Tech Community Corporation, 500 Festival, American Gas Association, Business Equity for Indy, Center for Leadership Development, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, FBI Indianapolis Citizens Academy Alumni Association, Goodwill Operating Board, Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Indiana Energy Association, Indiana Sports Corporation, Indianapolis Public Safety Foundation, Indianapolis Urban League, Indianapolis Zoo, Indy Chamber, IUPUI Board of Advisors, Marian University, Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, The Nature Conservancy, United Way of Central Indiana, and YMCA.
Anne Nobles retired from Eli Lilly and Company after a 22-year career, where she last served as the Senior VP, Enterprise Risk Management and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in archaeology from Harvard University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law School. Currently, Anne serves as vice chair of the Board of Directors of Citizens Energy Group and member and former chair of the Board of Directors of Indiana University Health. She is co-chair of the Indianapolis Prize, the world’s leading award for animal conservation and a member and former chair of the board of trustees of the Indiana chapter of The Nature Conservancy. She is a member of the Committee of 200, an invitation-only membership organization of the world’s most successful women business leaders. Anne was named among the “Most Influential Women in Indianapolis” by the Indianapolis Business Journal and the “Top 15 Women in Pharma” by Fierce Pharma. Anne lives with her husband, David Johnson, in Indianapolis.
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.
Dan Appel is the chairman at Gregory & Appel Insurance. Appel is the fourth-generation member of his family associated with the Indianapolis insurance agency of Gregory & Appel. He 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 bachelor’s degree in finance from Indiana University.
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. 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.
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.
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.
Daniel Elsener became the eighth president of Marian University (formerly Marian College) on August 1, 2001. His academic preparation for his life in educational leadership began with a bachelor’s degree in political science from Nebraska Wesleyan University, a master’s degree in education administration from the University of Nebraska, and other graduate level work from Kansas State University, Washburn University, Wichita State University, Kansas Newman University, St. Meinrad, and various other programs continuing education programs. Prior to serving at Marian University, Elsener served as a teacher; high school principal; superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Wichita in Kansas; Secretary/Executive Director for Stewardship and Development and Secretary/Executive Director, Office of Catholic Education for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis; and just prior to Marian as Executive Director of the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation and Project E Indiana. In addition to serving on the Marian University Board of Trustees, Elsener has been asked to serve as a member – and in some cases as chair – of many community boards and executive committees. Currently, he serves on the following boards: Chairman of St. Vincent Health (a $3 billion healthcare organization), Indianapolis Power & Light Company, Indiana Chamber, Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee and Executive Committee, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities and Executive Committee, The Indiana Academy, Council of Presidents for the Crossroads League, Council of Presidents for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, Independent Colleges of Indiana, Center for Leadership Development, Teach For America, and Orchard School (Governors). In all of these roles, Elsener has developed a reputation of being committed to improving education for all children, young adults, and adult learners. He is committed to raising funds for disadvantaged students, one of the highlights of his service. In addition, he is committed to programs that advance the academic achievement through better teacher and principal preparedness.
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.
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.
Mayor Joe Hogsett is a lifelong Hoosier and has deep roots in Indianapolis. He has lived and worked in the city for more than three decades and serves as the 49th mayor of Indianapolis. Before taking office in 2016, he served as Indiana’s Secretary of State and United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indianapolis. Mayor Hogsett is a former federal prosecutor and focuses on preventing crime, protecting taxpayers and creating opportunities for working families. He is dedicated to investing city resources back into neighborhoods. Mayor Hogsett earned both his law degree and undergraduate degree from Indiana University and graduate degrees from Butler University and the Christian Theological Seminary.
Sean L. Huddleston began his presidency as Martin University’s 5th president on March 25, 2019. Dr. Huddleston’s entire career in higher education has been focused on leading institutional efforts that create conditions of success for nontraditional students and those who have been historically underrepresented and underserved. Prior to joining Martin University, Dr. Huddleston served as the inaugural Vice President and Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer for the University of Indianapolis. In this role, Dr. Huddleston led system-wide efforts that enhanced institutional excellence through the design, implementation, and assessment of institutional diversity, inclusion, and equity initiatives.
Dr. Huddleston held similar roles at Framingham State University and Grand Valley State University and has taught various courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Dr. Huddleston’s educational experiences have focused on non-traditional, adult learners in higher education. As a returning adult student, he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree (B.A.) from Siena Heights University. He later earned a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Adult and Higher Education and an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) in Leadership degree from Grand Valley University. Dr. Huddleston completed his doctorate in Community College Leadership at Ferris State University. Dr. Huddleston has also received professional certifications from Cornell University and Dartmouth College.
Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. has served as the University of Notre Dame’s president since 2005.
As president, he has devoted himself to fostering the University’s unique place in academia, the Church, our nation, and the world. In June 2019, Fr. Jenkins and the University joined with the Vatican to co-sponsor a summit in Rome titled “The Energy Transition and Care for Our Common Home,” which resulted in top executives from among the world’s leading energy producers and investors signing statements in support of carbon pricing and disclosures on climate change risk. Father Jenkins has been committed to combining teaching and research excellence with a cultivation of the deeper purposes of Catholic higher education. While pursuing academic distinction, he has brought renewed emphasis to Notre Dame’s distinctive mission, rooted in the tradition of the Congregation of Holy Cross, the University’s founding community, to educate the whole person—mind, body, and spirit—to do good in the world. Within the University and beyond, Fr. Jenkins has called for civil discourse—grounded in the Christian view of others as equally made in the image of God—as a way to find common ground, serving since 2011 on the board of directors of the Commission on Presidential Debates, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that sponsors and produces all U.S. presidential and vice-presidential debates. A philosopher trained in theology and a member of Notre Dame’s Department of Philosophy since 1990, Fr. Jenkins earned undergraduate and advanced degrees from Notre Dame, a doctorate of philosophy from Oxford University, and a master of divinity and licentiate in sacred theology from the Jesuit School of Theology.
Robert Manuel has served as the president of UIndy since 2012, where he spearheaded a comprehensive strategic planning process, Vision 2030. He’s worked to identify initiatives to drive the University toward excellence and distinction by focusing on three areas: the student experience and engagement; faculty/staff excellence; and community involvement and engagement.
President Manuel recently completed a term on the editorial advisory board for the Continuing Higher Education Review, and was appointed to a two-year term on the national advisory board of the University Professional & Continuing Education Association. His leadership has helped unite faculty, students and community members. His initiatives have resulted in stronger financial stability, increased retention and better graduation rates.
President Manuel has a bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from Allegheny College, a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Syracuse University and a doctorate in Higher Education Administration from New York University. He was a higher education administrator, first at New York University and then Georgetown, where he went on to be associate provost and dean of the School of Continuing Studies.
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.
Mark McCoy is a multi-talented composer, conductor, coach, and leader in higher education. He currently serves as Managing Partner of Princeton Entertainment Group and as Senior Advisor to President Gordon Gee of West Virginia University. Prior to these roles, he served as President of DePauw University, dean of the DePauw University School of Music, music executive of Shepherd University and CEO of MusicFirst Festivals. A prolific and successful fundraiser, he closed the largest campaign in Great Lakes College Association history ($382 million). Under his leadership, DePauw’s School of Music completely reinvented itself—launching the bold 21st-Century Musician Initiative, a complete re-imagining of the modern-day music school. At Shepherd, he tripled the size of the student body and garnered invitations to perform around the world including the Montreux Jazz Festival and Carnegie Hall. He has been invited to speak throughout the country and is a sought-after executive coach. His work in the community has had meaningful impact in every assignment and his town/gown efforts are praised by elected officials, community leaders and the public at large.
With degrees from Shepherd College, the Peabody Conservatory and Texas Tech University, his diverse educational background makes him a firm believer in and product of both the professional school and the liberal arts tradition. As a conductor, Dr. McCoy has performed in Spain, Ireland, Italy, Switzerland, France, England, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic as well as throughout the US including Carnegie Hall and the White House. Dr. McCoy has composed a symphony, an opera, operettas, musicals, and many instrumental works and is currently revising his novel, Curtain Music, concerning the relationship of Brahms and the Schumanns.
President Geoffrey S. Mearns serves as the 17th president of Ball State University.
After joining the University in May 2017, President Mearns helped to develop a new strategic plan. Destination 2040: Our Flight Path establishes a long-range vision for the University that sets priorities across five key areas: undergraduate excellence, graduate education and lifetime learning, community engagement and impact, scholarship and societal impact, and institutional and inclusive excellence.
During his tenure, President Mearns has pursued initiatives that have produced the largest freshman class in history and increased alumni engagement and fundraising. President Mearns has also strengthened the University’s relationship with the community, most notably through its innovative partnership with Muncie Community Schools.
President Mearns earned his undergraduate degree in English from Yale University and a law degree from the University of Virginia. After a legal career that included serving as a federal prosecutor, President Mearns held academic and administrative roles at Cleveland State University, and then he served as president of Northern Kentucky University. He and his wife, Jennifer, have five children.
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.
Kerry Prather serves as President of Franklin College.
Over the duration of his 37-year Franklin College career, Prather has served as assistant dean of students, associate director of admissions, acting vice president for enrollment management and acting vice president for administration. For much of his career, he has served in executive leadership positions, including as a Cabinet officer in four administrations. Prather was named Acting President in January 2020.
He joined the Franklin College staff in 1982 as the assistant men’s basketball coach and was promoted to head coach the following year. He was named Director of Athletics in 1989. Under his leadership, Franklin College expanded athletic opportunities for students to the current level of 21 intercollegiate sports and upgraded and built new athletic facilities throughout the campus.
In November 2018, Prather achieved his 500th career coaching victory. In total, he has guided the Grizzlies to five conference championships, four league tournament titles, five appearances in the NCAA Division III national tournament and one in the NAIA national tournament.
He is a graduate of Indiana University with an undergraduate degree in English and a master’s degree in education. In 1999, he was named an associate alumnus of Franklin College in recognition of his longtime service and contributions.
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.
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.
Lori S. While is the 21st President of DePauw University. Most recently, she was the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and a Professor of Practice at Washington University in St. Louis. At DePauw, she also holds the rank of professor of education. She is the first woman and the first person of color to serve as DePauw’s president.
Dr. White has spent 30 years working in higher education. Prior to her arrival at Washington University she served as the Vice President for Student Affairs and clinical professor of education at Southern Methodist University, and has also worked at the University of Southern California, Stanford, Georgetown and San Diego State Universities, and University of California, Irvine.
Dr. White is active nationally in several higher education organizations and has served on the Board of Directors for the Association for Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Foundation. In 2009 she was named a Pillar of the Profession by NASPA. Dr. White was chair of the NASPA Board of Directors for 2016-2017.
Dr. White’s areas of emphasis in research and teaching include the student experience in higher education and the preparation and mentorship of new, mid-level and aspiring senior student affairs professionals. She is the author of a number of articles and book chapters and has presented widely at professional meetings.
Born and raised in San Francisco, CA., Dr. White earned her undergraduate degree in psychology and English from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. from Stanford University in education administration and policy analysis, with emphasis in higher education. She also participated in Harvard University’s Management and Leadership in Education Program.
Pamela Whitten became the 19th president of Indiana University on July 1, 2021.
A visionary scholar and accomplished educator and researcher, Whitten has held a variety of leadership roles, beginning at Michigan State University where she served as a dean for five years, and most recently as president of Kennesaw State University.
As IU’s first female president, Whitten assumes the helm at one of the nation’s leading research universities at a time of record-level research funding and philanthropic support.
Whitten holds a Ph.D. in communication studies from the University of Kansas, a Master of Arts in communication from the University of Kentucky and a Bachelor of Science in management from Tulane University. She is an internationally recognized expert in the field of telemedicine. As part of her work in higher education, she additionally held leadership roles at the University of Georgia and the University of Kansas Medical Center.
Karen E. Burns Executive Vice President, Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc.
Jeffrey A. Harrison President & CEO, Citizens Energy Group
Laura Mays Director of Special Events, Mays Entertainment LLC
Liz Mok Special Events Manager, Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc.
Amy Nakanishi Indianapolis Prize Specialist, Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc.
Anne Nobles, MA, JD Retired Senior Vice President of Enterprise Risk Management and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Eli Lilly and Co.
Alie Pflum Conservation Public Relations Specialist, Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc.
Myrta J. Pulliam Indianapolis Zoo Trustee
Robert W. Shumaker, Ph.D., President & CEO, Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc.
Liana Mitchell Wallace Director of the Indianapolis Prize, Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc.
Rebecca Hutton Leadership Indianapolis
John Ketzenberger The Nature Conservancy
Susan Williams Community Leader
Catherine A. Langham Langham Logistics, Inc.
Mark D. Miles Hulman & Co.
Kristi Lee The BOB & TOM Show
Matt Mays Mays Entertainment LLC
D. Mark McCoy, Ph.D. Princeton Entertainment Group Johnny Moore Markey’s
Patrick Rhoda Markey’s
Adam Rife Markey’s
Elizabeth Ahlgrim Community Volunteer
Kristin Kraemer Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc.
Rick Schonberg Community Volunteer
Kate Appel Community Leader
Jennifer Barker Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc.
Brian Benak JW Marriott
Mary Clare Broadbent Community Leader
Weezie (Louise) Combs Community Leader
Deborah J. Daniels Kraig Devault
Cheri Dick Community Leader
Nancy Elder Community Leader
Suzanne M. Fehsenfeld Globe Foundation
Claire Fiddian-Green Richard M. Fairbanks
Kelly Griese Global Center for Species Survival
Nancy Hunt Community Leader
Lauren Julian Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc.
Blake Koriath High Alpha
Mike Marker VOX Global
Lisa McKinney, J.D. Bose McKinney & Evans LLP
Susie Morwick Community Leader
Judy Palermo Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc.
April Sasso Community Leader
Roxane Shriver Community Leader
Lauren Sparkman Community Leader
Douglas L. Tillman Community Leader
Annie Wells Community Leader
Mike Wells REI Real Estate Services, LLC