International Citizen of the Year

Since 1985, The International Center has honored individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Indiana and the world in the fields of business, culture, education, government, medicine, media, research, sports or community service.

2017 Honoree

The Board of Directors of The International Center selected Pacers Sports & Entertainment as
recipient of the 2017 International Citizen of the Year Award, which honors those who have made outstanding contributions to the globalization of Indiana.

Pacers Sports & Entertainment, which encompasses the Indiana Pacers, Indiana Fever, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, management of Bankers Life Fieldhouse, and the Pacers Foundation, received the award from The International Center at a special dinner and program on Sept. 13, 2017 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis. International Center Board members Julie Griffith, vice president for public affairs at Purdue University, and Brian Gildea, economic development manager for Vectren Corporation, served as co-chairs for the event.

To learn more about the 2017 honoree and the event, read the full release here.

The International Citizen of the Year Award was established in 1985 to honor individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the globalization of Indiana in business, culture, education, government, medicine, research, media, sports or community service.

2016 Honoree


Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie, who was honored as the 2016 International Citizen of the Year by The International Center on September 20, 2016. Dr. McRobbie was selected by The International Center’s Board of Directors.

James T. Morris, vice chairman of Pacers Sports and Entertainment, served as an Honorary Co-Chair. Marsha Stone, Senior Director of Enterprise Development for the Indianapolis International Airport, and Amy Conrad Warner, Vice Chancellor of the Office of Community Engagement for Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, served as Event Co-Chairs.

To learn more about 2016’s honoree and the event, read the full release here.

To view a full photo gallery of the event, click here.

2015 Honoree

BAN_6888Dr. John C. Lechleiter, Chairman, President, and CEO of Eli Lilly and Company, was selected as the 2015 International Citizen of the Year. Dr. Lechleiter and his accomplishments were recognized and honored at a tribute dinner on October 6, 2015 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom.

To view a gallery of photos from the event, click here. To view the event video produced by Trendy Minds, click here.

Previous International Citizen of the Year Award recipients


2014 Mayor Greg Ballard and Mrs. Winnie Ballard
2013 Mark Miles
2011 Tim Solso
2010 Gov. Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr.
2008 IU-Kenya Partnership
2007 Dr. Martin C. Jischke

2006 Ambassador Randall L. Tobias
2005 James T. Morris
2004 Christel DeHaanICY 2013 E Ceremony 91
2003 30th Anniversary Award: The Honorable Richard G. Lugar
2002 Rev. Fr. Boniface Hardin, O.S.B.

2001 Sidney Taurel
2000 Tony George
1999 Jeff Smulyan
1998 Bret Waller
1997 Lawrence H. Einhorn, M.D.
1996 Kai and Tom Binford
1995 KP SinghPicture Number 6728DW

1993 Margaret Sheridan
1993 Dr. Geoffrey Bannister
1991 Maestro Raymond Leppard
1990 The Honorable Lee H. Hamilton
1990 Sr. Marie Pierre Buttell
1989 The Honorable William H. Hudnut

1989 George Mikelsons
1987 The Honorable Robert D. Orr
1986 The Honorable Richard G. Lugar
1985 Riad Shaheen