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2018 Partners in Philanthropy ceremony honors five individuals and a family of three generations

For Immediate Release Jun 8, 2018

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University and the IU Foundation honored five individuals and a family with three generations of connections to IU as the university’s 2018 Partners in Philanthropy.

During a June 7 ceremony, IU President Michael A. McRobbie and IU Foundation President Daniel C. Smith recognized these outstanding leaders whose service and contributions have helped shape the university’s future in lasting ways.

Honorees standing side by side
The 2018 Partners in Philanthropy are, from left, Lacy Johnson, Patricia Johnson, Cindy Simon Skjodt, Judy Summerville, Gregg Summerville, David Elmore, DG Elmore and Doug Elmore.

“These leaders and friends of Indiana University share a commitment to our mission that is truly transforming our campuses and communities,” McRobbie said. “Their generosity is inspiring and encourages an enduring spirit of philanthropy that will benefit generations of students, faculty and staff. Our IU family is immensely grateful for their support.”

Honorees received one of four awards: the Cornerstone Award, Keystone Award, Family Legacy Award and Herman B Wells Visionary Award. Each year, nominations are solicited from all IU campuses. A committee of representatives from IUPUI, IU Bloomington and regional campuses select the recipients.

“These special friends of Indiana University have set an example to which we hope all of our students aspire,” Smith said. “Their leadership, service and generosity ensure that IU will remain at the forefront of world-changing research, innovation and progress. All of our honorees truly are partners with us in making IU the special place it is.”

The honorees

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