Longtime community leader Chuck Staley will receive the Sagamore of the Wabash Award from Gov. Mike Pence and local state legislators Terri Austin, Jack Lutz and Tim Lanane at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at The Edge in Edgewood.
“Through the years, the Sagamore of the Wabash has been presented by Indiana’s governors to citizens who have contributed greatly to our Hoosier heritage,” Austin said in a press release. “I am particularly pleased that this recognition gives us a chance to recognize that Chuck Staley has been committed toward linking economic development and social awareness.”
Austin noted that Staley joined Frank Levinson and Ann Wilson to open the Levinson Center for Social and Faith Based Entrepreneurship, which has been involved with projects such as energy independence for coastal Alaskan Indian villages, Teachers of Promise in Kenya, and a new educational program for non-traditional minority students in Anderson.
Staley is president and chief executive officer of Anderson’s Flagship Enterprise Center. The center has assisted in the creation of 104 companies and over 2,000 jobs.
A lifelong resident of Anderson, Staley has worked for more than 30 years at Anderson University and is a recipient of the Governor’s Distinguished Hoosier Award and the local Chief Anderson Award.
Staley has chaired several boards, including the Anderson Plan Commission, White River Development Commission, and the GM Blue Ribbon Commission. He was president-elect of the Madison County Chamber of Commerce, co-chairman of the World Class City Forum, and co-founder and director of Energize East Central Indiana.
He is currently chairman of the board of directors for Community Hospital Anderson and serves on the board of the recently launched Impact Center. Staley also serves as the president and CEO of the RSI Facilities Group, a consulting, engineering, and management group.
Staley is a U.S. Marine veteran of the Vietnam War. He earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Ball State University.
The Sagamore of the Wabash Award, created by Gov. Ralph Gates in the 1940s, is considered one of the highest awards bestowed by the governor of Indiana. It is a personal tribute usually given to those who have provided distinguished service to the state.
— For The Herald Bulletin; reposted with permission.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of about 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.