By Merritt McLaughlin, Writer/Reporter
BLOOMINGTON - Indiana University has launched a yearlong celebration of the IU Bicentennial. As part of the festivities, the university has awarded Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb with its inaugural Bicentennial Medal.
IU President Michael McRobbie presented Holcomb with the medal.
The medal honors IU's associates who have distinguished personal, professional, artistic and philanthropic accomplishments, or those who have served or supported the university with distinction. It also recognizes those who strive to be models for future students, faculty and alumni.
"Governor Holcomb is a lifelong Hoosier who has dedicated his professional life to improving our state and the quality of life of our citizens, and who has been a strong advocate for IU's and Indiana's shared mission to marshal university education, scholarly activity and research innovation toward meeting the challenges facing our communities and our society. He has been a great partner and supporter of IU here in Indiana, nationally and around the world, and we are honored to be able to recognize his efforts and distinguished service to our state with IU's first Bicentennial Medal," McRobbie said in a news release.
Indiana University will celebrate 200 years on January 20, 2020.