Retiring IU Public Policy Institute leader John Krauss awarded Sagamore of the Wabash

  • May 15, 2014


INDIANAPOLIS -- Retiring IU Public Policy Institute Director John L. Krauss received four high honors at a retirement celebration Tuesday, including a Sagamore of the Wabash, the IUPUI Chancellor’s Medal and the inaugural John L. Krauss Award for Public Policy Innovation. Mayor Greg Ballard declared May 13 “John L. Krauss Day.”

The honors recognize Krauss’ long history of public service to Indianapolis and Indiana, the impact he has had on the city and state, and his contributions to the development of sound public policy. Krauss served for two decades at the helm of the Public Policy Institute and nine years as deputy mayor during the Bill Hudnut administration. He also was executive director of the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee under Hudnut and Mayor Richard Lugar.

Sen. Brandt Hershman presented the Sagamore of the Wabash, one of the state’s highest honors, to Krauss on behalf of Gov. Mike Pence, who was out of town. IUPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz honored Krauss with the Chancellor’s Medal. Other speakers included Clay Robbins of the Lilly Endowment, Moira Carlstedt of the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership, and Public Policy Institute senior analyst Drew Klacik.

Retired Indiana Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard, who acted as emcee for the celebration, surprised Krauss by announcing that the Public Policy Institute and the School for Public and Environmental Affairs had decided to present the first John L. Krauss Award for Public Policy Innovation at the event.

“How could the first recipient be anyone other than John Krauss?” asked Shepard, the institute’s executive-in-residence.

The John L. Krauss Award for Public Policy Innovation will be given annually to an individual for applied research or activities that create a “real-world” difference and help Indiana and its communities move forward. Honorees will be chosen by a committee of students, current and retired institute staff, community members and SPEA faculty. The winners will receive a cash award and an original piece of art.

Krauss will step down later this month, leaving an organization he helped create and that he has served for more than two decades.

“With John at its helm, the IU Public Policy Institute published more than 1,000 reports, articles and briefs, addressing issues ranging from energy and the environment, traffic safety, gaming, housing, parks and more,” Shepard said. “Five governors, four mayors of Indianapolis and scores of other local officials and community leaders have relied on PPI.”

Krauss will continue to teach classes at the IU McKinney School of Law and work with the university part time on projects, and he pledged to remain involved in his city and state.

IU and SPEA are conducting a search to replace Krauss as director of the Public Policy Institute.

The IU Public Policy Institute delivers unbiased research and data-driven, objective, expert analysis to help public, private and nonprofit sectors make important decisions that directly impact quality of life in Indiana and throughout the nation. Using the knowledge and expertise of its staff and faculty, the institute provides research and analysis that is free of political and ideological bias, and that addresses a wide range of issues to deliver data and insights needed to make informed decisions. The institute helps leaders, citizens, businesses and organizations solve problems, seize opportunities and effect positive change. A multidisciplinary institute within the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, its efforts also support the Indiana Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations.

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