Two veteran state legislators have been recognized by Hoosiers for Higher Education for their significant contributions to higher education and to Indiana University.
Herbert (left) and Smith
IU President Adam Herbert presented Welsh-Bowen Distinguished Public Official awards to Rep. Vernon Smith (D-Gary), and Sen. Bob Meeks (R-LaGrange) on Feb. 8. The award is named for former Indiana governors Matthew Welsh and Otis Bowen, both of whom served as co-chairs of the Hoosiers for Higher Education state advisory committee at the organizationís inception in 1991.
The awards were presented before an audience of more than 500 HHE members, who were participating in the organizationís 14th annual statehouse visit to meet with lawmakers and urge their continued support for IU and other state-supported colleges and universities.
Smith, a former Gary City Council member, was elected to the Indiana House of Representatives in 1990. He serves on a number of committees including Education, and Family, Children and Human Affairs. Smith is also an associate professor of education at IU Northwest, Gary. He is an active member of the IU Alumni Association and was selected as IU Northwestís Distinguished Educator. He holds three degrees from IU, including a doctorate in education.
Meeks, a retired Indiana state trooper, was elected to the Indiana State Senate
in 1988. He is chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee
and is a member of the Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee.
At work with Kathy Smith-Andrew
HHE representatives visit the Statehouse