On January 20th, 2012 William H. Hudnut, former Mayor of Indianapolis, was awarded the IUPUI Chancellor's Medallion by Chancellor Charles R. Bantz at the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving Distinguished Visitor Lecture. Hudnut was honored for his commitment and contributions to the university and the city of Indianapolis. As the distinguished visitor lecturer, Hudnut reflected how his faith led to a life of public service and the benefits faith can bring in politics and public policy.
William H. Hudnut
During his 16 years as mayor, Hudnut strived for economic growth by partnering with public-private sectors such as the Circle Centre Mall, Union Station, the Indiana Convention Center and the IU School of Medicine. He helped extend the legacy of Indianapolis being the Sports Capital of the World through his support of sporting projects such as the Major Taylor Velodorome, the IUPUI Natatorium and bringing the Colts to Indianapolis. Hudnut also served as co-chair of a 30-member committee that helped raise $18 million dollars for the construction of the IUPUI University Library.