James Morris is the president of Pacers Sports & Entertainment. A graduate of Indiana University with a master’s degree from Butler University, he was former Mayor Richard G. Lugar’s chief of staff from 1967-73, before joining the Lilly Endowment, serving as its president from 1984-88 and from 1989-2002. He was also the chairman and chief executive officer for IWC Resources Corporation and Indianapolis Water Company. Before going to PS&E, Trustee Morris was the executive director for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) where he led the world’s largest humanitarian agency.
James Morris has served as chairman of several corporate boards, and is a former chairman of the IU Board of Trustees, serving a recent term 2013-2016. He has received many honors, including 16 honorary degrees and IU's Distinguished Alumni Service Award. He also has been a trustee and board chairman for Indiana State University, serves on the National Advisory Board for the Boy Scouts of America, and is treasurer of the U.S. Gymnastics Federation. He is chair of the Board for Riley Children’s Foundation, and serves on a number of corporate boards.
Learn more about why the Senior Academy selected James Morris to receive the Bepko Community Medallion by viewing his video biography.
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