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Last modified: Monday, April 25, 2005

IU president honored with Outstanding Alumnus Award

USC's Black Alumni Association awards Adam W. Herbert with its highest honor

April 25, 2005

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Indiana University President Adam W. Herbert on Saturday (April 23) received the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the University of Southern California's Black Alumni Association.

The award, the highest given by the Black Alumni Association, was presented during its 27th annual Scholarship Benefit Gala on the USC campus. More than 600 guests were present for the event with the theme, "Making the difference through leadership and distinguished service."

Herbert earned a bachelor of arts degree in 1966 and a master of public administration degree in 1968 from USC. He went on to earn a doctorate in urban affairs at the University of Pittsburgh.

The Black Alumni Association award is in recognition of Herbert's long career of public service and leadership in higher education. Before his inauguration as president of Indiana University in August, 2003, he was at the University of North Florida, where he was Regents Professor and founding executive director of The Florida Center for Public Policy and Leadership.

Herbert also served as president of the University of North Florida from 1989-1998, and he then served three years as chancellor of the State University System of Florida, the second-largest university system in America.

Herbert has held a number of national leadership positions. He served as president of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. He is a member of the Knight Foundation Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics and previously served as chair of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division II Presidents Council.

Over the past quarter century, the USC Black Alumni Association has provided more than $1 million in scholarships to more than 1,400 USC students.