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45th Annual Indiana Academy Awards Dinner

(L-R): Tony Watt, Rose Mays, Carmi Murphy, Jeanne Mirro

The Indiana Academy Inducts Four Hoosier Leaders

for Lifetime Achievement and Contribution 

Four new members were inducted into The Indiana Academy at its 45th annual symposium on Monday, October 19, at the Skyline Club in Indianapolis. This year’s honorees were recognized by the Independent Colleges of Indiana for lifetimes of achievement and contribution to the state of Indiana. The honorees are:

Rose Mays (Indianapolis), Professor Emeritus, Indiana University School of Nursing. Dr. Mays recently retired for a 36-year career with IU. During her career, she worked to improve the quality of life for vulnerable adolescents by carrying out a program of research and professional service focused on health promotion and disease prevention. She serves on the Board of Trustees at the University of Evansville, her alma mater, and remains active in various education, health and social service organizations.

Jeanne Mirro (Fort Wayne), civic leader, philanthropist, and advocate of the arts. Mrs. Mirro leverages her leadership talents to promote healthcare research, education, and the arts. She and her husband have been instrumental in the building of the Mirro Center for Research and Innovation on the Parkview Hospital campus in Fort Wayne. President of the Mirro Family Foundation and a past member and chair of the Indiana Arts Commission, she has served on the Board of Trustees for the University of Saint Francis since 2003 and the Fort Wayne Ballet since 2011, for which she’s currently board president.

Carmi Murphy (South Bend), civic leader, community volunteer, supporter of higher education. Upholding a strong family legacy of community leadership and dedication to private higher education, Mrs. Murphy has worked to ensure strong social safety nets, arts and culture, healthcare and education in South Bend. Her focus in higher education is Saint Mary’s College, where she has served on the board for 15 years and the leadership team of its recent successful $100M capital campaign. In recognition of her broad leadership, she was named a Saint Mary honorary alumna (only second in history).

D. Anthony “Tony” Watt (Fishers), retired Chrysler Corporation plant manager and avid supporter of education and youth programs at all levels. Well known for stabilizing and improving plant operations at multiple locations, he began his 35-year career at Chrysler as an hourly worker while attending and then graduating from Marian University (then Marian College). Currently a member of the Marian Board of Trustees, he played a pivotal role in addressing and resolving challenges faced by the university in the 1990s and stepped up to serve as interim president when the need arose.

Modeled after The French Academy, The Indiana Academy was established in 1970 by the Independent Colleges of Indiana to recognize individual leadership, achievement, and philanthropy designed to promote the advancement of the state, as well as its independent sector of higher education. With ongoing support from Academy members and a generous and enduring gift from the Tony and Mary Fendrich Hulman Endowment Fund, ICI continues to serve the state and its member institutions to help ensure academic excellence and choice in higher education for all students.

A complete listing of Academy members may be found HERE.