Chancellor Emeritus Steve Daily, Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight to be honored
KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region will recognize two individuals with honorary degrees during commencement Saturday. Chancellor Emeritus Steve Daily and Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight will receive honorary Associate of Science in College and Community Service degrees in recognition of their contributions to the College, its students and the communities served by Kokomo Region.
Stephen J. Daily
Chancellor Emeritus Steve Daily’s 20-year career with Ivy Tech Community College’s Kokomo Region caps a lifetime of community service. A native of Howard County, he served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968 with a tour in Vietnam. Upon returning to Kokomo, he earned his bachelor’s in education from Indiana University Kokomo and a master’s in secondary education from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. He taught language arts at Kokomo High School and later completed doctoral course work at Ball State University.
Daily served one term on the Kokomo Common Council before becoming the youngest mayor in the city’s history; he proceeded to transform Kokomo municipal government. While mayor, he championed many enduring projects and initiatives for the common good, including a new city hall, a new senior citizens center, and new public high-rise housing.
After leaving public office, Daily was named vice chancellor of external relations at IUK, spearheading two successful fund-raising campaigns that resulted in more than $4 million for a student center, a library, land acquisition, and scholarships. In 1995, he joined Ivy Tech as the Logansport site director and was named chancellor of the Kokomo Region four years later. A hallmark of his career with Ivy Tech is making post-secondary education more accessible to the residents of the region, doubling the number of communities with Ivy Tech facilities and adding nearly two dozen academic and career training programs to the College’s offerings in the region. Steve retired as chancellor in January 2015.
In recognition of his contributions in advancing student achievement, Daily was honored in 2006 with the Shirley B. Gordon Distinguished College Administrator Award from Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. At its 2015 international conference, PTK honored him with its Michael Bennett Lifetime Achievement Award. He also received the 2014 District 3 Pacesetter Award from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations.
Daily has been recognized for his years of service to civic, educational and community organizations with a number of awards, including a Sagamore of the Wabash from Gov. Evan Bayh and the Larry A. Conrad Award for Civic Service from the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns. He was honored for his service to IUK with the school’s first Distinguished Alumnus Award and as a member of the IUK Hall of Fame. In 2013, the City of Kokomo named the renovated city building “the Stephen J. Daily Government Center” in his honor.
As mayor of the City of Kokomo since January 2008, Greg Goodnight has focused on establishing strong and sustainable economic development policies, improving the quality of life, and lowering government spending by promoting innovation and efficiency.
Goodnight’s accomplishments include establishing the city’s free-to-the-rider fixed-route bus system. He has aggressively pursued innovative new economic development programs and incentives, which have resulted in more than three dozen new businesses locating downtown. Local employers have announced nearly $2.5 billion in new investment since 2010.
During his tenure, Kokomo has received the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns Community Achievement Award, Harvard University’s Bright Ideas Award, Indiana Main Street Association’s Design of Downtown Public Improvements and Community Impact awards, and, for five consecutive years, the National Softball Association’s Most Outstanding Park award. In 2011, the City of Kokomo was honored with the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s Community of the Year Award.
As a sought-after authority on government efficiency, economic development, and urban policy, Goodnight has spoken to many groups and organizations about Kokomo’s story and his vision for the city. He has served as a guest lecturer at Yale University’s School of Management, has been interviewed by national and international media, and is a fellow at the Center for National Policy, a Washington D.C.-based think tank focused on the economy and national security.
The mayor has served as chair of the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns’ Legislative Committee, testifying before the Indiana General Assembly on numerous issues, and currently serves as IACT’s first vice president.
Previously, Goodnight served two terms on the Kokomo City Council and also as a member of the Kokomo-Howard County Planning Commission and the Center Township Trustee Board. He and wife Kelli have four children.
While serving as mayor, Goodnight has been an advocate for Ivy Tech, supporting the College in a variety of ways. He promotes Ivy Tech programs publically, particularly with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the unions represented in the greater Kokomo region. He was instrumental in the creation of Ivy Tech’s downtown Kokomo site, which has provided students in the Computing and Informatics program a state-of-the-art facility near businesses and industries that can offer internship and employment opportunities. Most recently, the mayor is supporting the city’s planned redevelopment of Morgan Street, which will enhance the entrance to Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Campus and directly benefit our students by providing safer pedestrian space.