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John Krauss Awarded Sagamore of the Wabash and Other Honors


John KraussRetiring IU Public Policy Institute (PPI) Director John L. Krauss, ’76, received four high honors at a retirement celebration on 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 PPI 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, ’14,  presented the Sagamore of the Wabash, one of the state’s highest honors, to Krauss on behalf of Gov. Mike Pence,  ’86, who was out of town. IUPUI Chancellor Charles Bantz honored Krauss with the Chancellor’s Medal. Other speakers included Clay Robbins of the Lilly Endowment, Moira Carlstedt of the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Project, and PPI Senior Analyst Drew Klacik.

Retired Indiana Chief Justice Randy Shepard, who acted as emcee for the celebration, surprised Krauss by announcing that PPI and the School for Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) 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, PPI’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 “real world” difference and help Indiana and its communities move forward. Honorees will be chosen by a committee of students, current and retired PPI 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 PPI.

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