KOKOMO – Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Regional Chancellor Stephen J. Daily has been selected as the 2008 Larry A. Conrad Civic Service award winner by the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (IACT). He received the award at the annual IACT conference awards luncheon today in South Bend.
The Larry A. Conrad Civic Service Award recognizes a private citizen, company or civic organization for their private sector service to municipal government. Daily was nominated for the award by Logansport Mayor Mike Fincher, Peru Mayor Jim Walker, and Kokomo Common Councilman Mike Karickhoff. All three have been impressed with Daily’s leadership and vision in their communities.
Logansport’s Mayor Fincher, who has known Daily for two decades, said, “Steve’s devotion to his family, his community, and his work demonstrates that he is more than deserving of this honor.”
Peru’s Mayor Walker adds, “Chancellor Daily was instrumental in bringing Ivy Tech to our community. Through his efforts and the cooperation of others who worked with him, we will be able to ensure that the citizens of Peru will have access to a post-secondary education in their hometown. Furthermore, it will provide education at a cost they can better afford and offer them opportunities to achieve their life goals. Chancellor Daily should be proud of what he has helped build in our community.”
Kokomo Councilman Karickhoff, who has known Daily for 24 years, said, “I’ve never seen a leader that has the vision and courage combined with the leadership skills that Steve has. Steve engenders in you a belief that you can do anything with nothing, he has changed the Kokomo community more than any single individual in decades.”
The Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (IACT) is a coalition of municipal officials who seek to improve the quality of life in Indiana through effective government, and is a member of the National League of Cities. Founded in 1891, IACT is one of the oldest state municipal organizations in the country, with 450 cities and towns as members. IACT advocates for municipalities as the official voice of municipal government in Indiana, and promotes good government through education, training and leadership. For more information, visit the IACT Web site, www.citiesandtowns.org.
About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech is one of the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college systems and the state’s second largest public post-secondary institution with nearly 120,000 students enrolled annually. Ivy Tech has 23 campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.