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Start Date: 4/5/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 4/5/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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Indianapolis, IN - Governor Mike Pence today presented Jim Baker of Columbus with the Sagamore of the Wabash for his invaluable service as an education advocate here in Indiana.


The Governor joined Jim Baker and his wife Beverly for a private ceremony, where he recognized the countless ways Baker has impacted and improved higher education in Indiana and across the country.


Former president and CEO of Arvin Industries, Baker chaired a capital campaign for Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC) in the early 1980s, which is credited with raising the funds needed to secure and update a permanent IUPUC campus. Baker also helped to lead a public-school reform effort as vice-chair of the Washington-based New American Schools initiative, which aimed to increase collaboration between university presidents and corporate executives to improve education in America. He later served the education community as a three-year trustee of Depauw University.


In 2012, Baker earned the IUPUC's James G. Simms Leadership Award as well as a Tindley Trailblazer Award from the Charles A. Tindley Accelerated School in Indianapolis for his leadership in education and commitment to students.


"Jim Baker is a selfless, generous Hoosier who has devoted his life to improving educational opportunities for kids throughout our state and nation," said Governor Pence. "I am honored to be able to present this true Hoosier role model with a Sagamore of the Wabash, and I thank him on behalf of the people of Indiana for his dedication to this important cause." 


The Sagamore of the Wabash award is one of the most esteemed honors the Governor of Indiana can bestow. It is a personal tribute usually given to those who have rendered a distinguished service to the state or to the governor. Among those who have received Sagamores have been astronauts, presidents, ambassadors, artists, musicians, politicians, and ordinary citizens who have contributed greatly to our Hoosier heritage. The Sagamore of the Wabash award was created during the term of Governor Ralph Gates, who served from 1945 to 1949.  



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Bartholomew County
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Name: Kara Brooks
Phone: 317-232-1622
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