Steve Daily, Ivy Tech honored by Indiana Leadership Association

Awards presented at ILA’s annual meeting in Kokomo

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Tom Snyder, Keith Kirkpatrick, Lynn Miller-Pease and Steve Daily were winners of 2015 Indiana Leadership Association awards

KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College and Steve Daily, chancellor emeritus of the College’s Kokomo Region, were honored today during the 2015 annual meeting of the Indiana Leadership Association (ILA) in Kokomo.

This year’s program featured a panel of statewide leaders including Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight and State Rep. Mike Karickhoff, R-Kokomo, who discussed the future of community leadership development in Indiana as well as a keynote address by Ivy Tech President Tom Snyder.

ILA, based in Indianapolis, was founded in the mid-1980s to promote networking among Indiana’s diverse and local community leadership programs. Its mission is to promote and facilitate best practices of leadership in Indiana for the good of Indiana communities and their people and its annual meeting serves as an opportunity to share new ideas and generate new energy for community leaders around the state. The annual meeting, held in the Kokomo Event & Conference Center, was sponsored by Ivy Tech and hosted by Leadership Kokomo.

During the awards presentation, Daily received the ILA’s 2015 Distinguished Leadership Award for his decades of commitment to leadership development. While mayor of Kokomo from 1980-87, Daily implemented the “leadership” program in the city and throughout career changes and retirement, he has continued his engagement with the program. In 2008, when the Chamber of Commerce could no longer afford to fund Leadership Kokomo, Daily, as chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region, committed College resources to join with City of Kokomo support to keep the program going.

In nominating Daily, Sharon Reed-Corbett, director of Leadership Kokomo, cited the results of his many efforts on behalf of the community leadership program, including marketing and web support and helping to bring in motivational speaker and author Stedman Graham as the keynote speaker to celebrate Leadership Kokomo’s 30th anniversary.

“Some of the Leadership Kokomo graduates have gone on to work in our city and state governments as well as profitable business ventures internationally,” Reed-Corbett said. “The leadership tools provided to them through this program have been invaluable.”

Ivy Tech President Tom Snyder accepted the ILA Board of Directors’ Special Award on behalf of the College. This award is presented periodically to recognize accomplishments made in the spirit of collaboration by a person, an organization or a project. Ivy Tech was honored for partnerships in both Kokomo and Lafayette in support of community leadership training. The Kokomo Region partnership begun under Daily’s tenure was cited as a prime example of monetary, staff and in-kind support for Leadership Kokomo through providing office space and clerical support; meeting spaces for classes, special events and graduation; and marketing expertise.

“Ivy Tech has demonstrated its commitment to leadership in Indiana as well as to our community,” Reed-Corbett said in her nomination letter.

Other awards presented at the luncheon included:

  • ILA Marjorie Klinck Outstanding Leadership Award – Keith Kirkpatrick, South Shore Leadership
  • Excellence in Innovation Award – Leadership Evansville, accepted by CEO Lynn Miller Pease

In his keynote address, Snyder presented “Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership.”

Goodnight and Karickhoff were joined in the panel discussion by Marissa Manlove, president and CEO of the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance; Dr. Raymond Scheele, co-director of the Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State University; and Angie Nelson Deuitch, public affairs manager at Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO). Together, they offered ideas on how leadership programs can remain effective.

Afternoon sessions included a review of leadership best practices from the national meeting of the Association of Leadership Programs as well as a discussion of effective board governance by ILA President John Shertzer, chief program officer at Kiwanis International.


About Ivy Tech Kokomo Region

Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region serves Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, and Tipton counties and includes campuses or instructional sites in the communities of Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, and Rochester. Ivy Tech serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. For more information, visit
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