AU alum Lou Gerig will be inducted with six new members into The Indiana Academy at its annual dinner and symposium on Monday, June 1, 2009, in Indianapolis. This year’s honorees, the thirty-ninth group so selected, will be recognized by the Independent Colleges of Indiana for their lifetime of achievement and contributions to the cultural, scientific, literary, civic, religious, and educational development of Indiana. Detailed biographies of the 2009 inductees are available at www.icindiana.org/giving/2009bios.asp.
Modeled after The French Academy, The Indiana Academy was established in 1970 by the Independent Colleges of Indiana to further the development of public service, higher education, the arts and sciences, literature, and the general culture of the state through the recognition of individual leadership, achievement, and philanthropy designed to promote these ends. While supported by many over the years, the inspiration and driving force for The Indiana Academy was Indianapolis attorney and civic leader Kurt Pantzer, president of The Academy from 1971 to 1977.
Lou Gerig is president of Sease, Gerig & Associates, located in Indianapolis. He and his partners Dr. Gene E. Sease and David Sease purchased the firm, formerly called Howard S. Wilcox, Inc., on January 1, 1987. He previously was vice president of public and governmental relations for Merchants National Bank & Trust Co. of Indianapolis, now National City Bank Indiana, from 1982 to 1987.
Gerig is a graduate of Anderson University and was named the university’s "Outstanding Alumnus" in 1981. He is the chairman of the Anderson University Board of Trustees, having just completed his fifteenth year with the last eight as chairman.
In 1981 and 1982, he was a member of President Reagan’s administration, serving as an assistant to White House Press Secretary James Brady, where he was in charge of all non-Washington press not covering the White House on a regular basis. He also served as a special assistant to the Commissioner of Customs. Gerig went to Washington in 1978 as press secretary for U.S. Senator Richard G. Lugar (R-Ind.) and served in that position for more than three years. He also served as director of public relations at the University of Indianapolis from 1972 to 1978, before joining Lugar’s staff.
He was a teacher in the North White School System from 1968 to 1972. His first teaching job was at Reynolds, where he taught sixth, seventh, and eighth grade history and coached all sports. He was a reporter for the Monticello Herald Journal from 1970 to 1972.
Gerig is the former chairman of the Indianapolis Public Transportation Corp. He also was chairman of the local, national, and regional media coverage of the 1987 Pan American Games in Indianapolis. He has served on the board of trustees of Christian Theological Center and the Wishard Foundation Board. He is a past member of the board of directors of the Indiana Chapter of the Leukemia Society of America, Inc. and has served as a member of the Local Organizing Committee of the Big Ten Men and Women’s Tournaments.
He is a member of the Indianapolis Press Club. He serves on the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis Board of Directors and was previous chairman of the Benjamin Harrison YMCA. He was named "Man of the Year" at the Benjamin Harrison YMCA.
Lou and his wife Beverly are the parents of two children, Nataly Lane and J. Tyler, and grandparents of Grace, Davis, and Sam. He is an avid runner, having run several mini marathons and one marathon at the age of 57, and enjoys reading.
A complete list of Academy members may be found at www.icindiana.org/giving/academy.asp. The program of The Indiana Academy is maintained through the support of the Tony and Mary Fendrich Hulman Endowment Fund and donations from members of The Academy.
Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) is a nonprofit corporation that represents the state’s 31 nonprofit, accredited, undergraduate degree-granting institutions of higher education. ICI member institutions enroll more than 83,000 students (approximately 24 percent of all undergraduates statewide) and annually produce more than 35 percent of all bachelor’s degrees in Indiana. For more information: www.icindiana.org.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.