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Three Alumni to be Inducted Into The Indiana Academy on June 7

June 1, 2010

Anne Shane 2010.jpgJune 1, 2010, Greencastle, Ind. — Three alumni of DePauw University -- Anne K. Shane '71, Michael L. Smith '70 and Frank D. Walker '57 -- are among the five new members who will be inducted into The Indiana Academy at its 40th anniversary dinner and symposium on Monday, June 7. The honorees will be recognized by the Independent Colleges of Indiana for their lifetime of achievement and contributions to the cultural, scientific, literary, civic, religious, and educational development of Indiana.

The Indiana Academy was established in 1970 by ICI to further the development of public service, higher education, the arts and sciences, literature, and the general culture of the state through the recognition of individual leadership, achievement, and philanthropy.

Anne Shane (pictured at top) is vice president of BioCrossroads, Indiana's initiative to grow the life sciences through targeted efforts in the areas of workforce development and education, marketing, scientific collaborations, and new business Michael Smith 2.jpgformation/entrepreneurship. She serves as a trustee for Ivy Tech Community College and as a member of the University of Evansville Board of Visitors; as chair of the Indianapolis Economic Development, Inc.; and as the Indiana region board chair of Teach For America.

Mike Smith (seen at right) is retired executive vice president and CFO of Anthem, Inc., and its subsidiaries, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and a founding member of Cardinal Equity Partners, a mid-market private equity investment fund headquartered in Indianapolis. The current chair of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, he is also a member of the board of Lumina Foundation for Education, DePauw University, and Central Indiana Community Foundation.

Frank Walker is chairman emeritus of Walker Information Inc., a 71-year-old Indianapolis firm specializing in customer loyalty and survey research, and is president of The Walker Family Foundation. A trustee emeritus of the University of Indianapolis, he has been honored as the Indiana Chamber of Commerce's Outstanding Business Leader of Frank Walker 2010.jpgthe Year, a Sagamore of the Wabash, and an Indiana Business Hall of Fame inductee and has led fund raising and alumni efforts for DePauw.

The "40 and Forward" celebration will take place at The Conrad Indianapolis and feature the premiere of a video, Small Can Be BIG, highlighting the contributions of the state's 31 independent colleges and universities and their graduates to the advancement of Indiana.

A complete listing of Academy members is available here.

Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) is a nonprofit corporation that represents DePauw and the state's other 30 nonprofit, accredited, undergraduate degree-granting institutions of higher education. ICI member institutions enroll more than 85,000 students (approximately 24% of all undergraduates statewide) and annually produce more than 35% of all bachelor's degrees in Indiana.

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