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IU Kokomo

Last modified: Thursday, July 1, 2010

Stuart Green receives IU's first Distinguished Service Medal

July 1, 2010

KOKOMO, Ind. -- Indiana University Kokomo bid farewell this week to a respected leader and colleague, Stuart Green, who was presented with IU's first Distinguished Service Medal by President Michael A. McRobbie. More than 200 faculty, staff, and community members attended Green's retirement reception at Havens Auditorium on Monday (June 28).

Green, who most recently served as interim chancellor, retired effective June 30 after 38 years of service.

"Over the past 38 years at IU Kokomo, it has always been about relationships for Stuart Green," McRobbie said. "He has been forging and strengthening relationships over those decades that have helped make this campus what it is today."


Stuart Green (left) is applauded after receiving the first Distinguished Service Medal from IU President Michael A. McRobbie.

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The Distinguished Service Medal, created at McRobbie's request, is presented in recognition of sustained contributions and tireless commitment to the university. The medal is a reproduction in silver of the IU seal surrounded by an image of the trailing arbutus, IU's official flower. It joins three other IU medals: The University Medal, the President's Medal and Thomas Hart Benton Medal.

Green also received a Distinguished Hoosier Award, presented on behalf of Gov. Mitch Daniels by state Sen. Jim Buck, and a proclamation from Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight, commending him for his service and declaring Monday, June 28, as "Stuart M. Green Day" in Kokomo.

During his tenure as campus leader, Green strengthened relationships with Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana and Purdue University's College of Technology, helped develop the North Central Indiana Regional Leadership Institute, and was involved in construction of a new nursing clinical simulation center -- set to open in January.

Green began his career at IU Kokomo in 1972 as assistant professor of fine arts. He has served in a variety of leadership roles, including chairperson for the Department of Humanities, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, vice chancellor of academic affairs -- and during the 10 years as vice chancellor he served as acting dean for three areas on campus; nursing, public and environmental affairs, and the library. In addition to his work in higher education, Green has a long history of serving the citizens of north central Indiana through community organizations.

Michael Harris, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Kettering University in Flint, Mich., was selected as Green's successor and began his duties as chancellor today (July 1).

Indiana University Kokomo serves a seven-county primary service area in north central Indiana. The campus offers more than 40 academic programs including four graduate degrees.