Robert McKinney was the chairman and CEO of two public companies: First Indiana Corporation and The Somerset Group, Inc. McKinney was also a founding partner of Bose McKinney & Evans LLP. He served in a leadership role in the presidential campaigns of John F. Kennedy, Edmund Muskie, Jimmy Carter, and Walter Mondale. Mr. McKinney was appointed by President Jimmy Carter as chairman of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation, and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation in 1977.
Mr. McKinney served on the IU Board of Trustees from 1989 to 1998 and was president from 1993 to 1994. He was chairman of the Board of Advisors of IUPUI and was formerly a director and chairman of the Board of Trustees of Marian College. He is a director of the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation, Indiana University Foundation, the Conservation Law Center, the Sierra Club Foundation (former chair), the Indianapolis Zoo, and advising director to the IU School of Public & Environmental Affairs. He has been a director of many civic corporations including the Indianapolis Economic Club, the Indianapolis and
Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Chief Executive Organization, Inc., the World President’s Organization, the Indianapolis Committee on Foreign Relations and a founding member of Indiana President’s Organization, the predecessor to World President’s Organization. Mr. McKinney and his five children manage the McKinney Family Foundation.
Mr. McKinney has been active in the American, Indiana, and Indianapolis Bar Associations, serving as a director of the Young Lawyers Section of the ABA, a director of the Indiana State Bar, and treasurer and director of the Indianapolis Bar Association. He has received Honorary Doctorates of Law from Marian College and Butler University and is a Master Knight of Malta. McKinney is the 1994 recipient of the Junior Achievement Central Indiana Business Hall of Fame Award, a 1995 recipient of the Hoosier Heritage Award, a 1999 recipient of the IU Academy of Law Alumni Fellows Award, and the 2000 recipient of the Indianapolis Archdiocese Spirit of Service Award.
He received his bachelor’s degree from the US. Naval Academy and his J.D. from the IU Maurer School of Law. The IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis was named in his honor in 2012.