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Since its founding as Indiana State Normal School in 1865, Indiana State University has committed to providing quality educator preparation. For 150 years, our education and human service professional graduates have served as leaders in Indiana and around the globe. From our normal school roots to a university impacting Indiana and beyond, Indiana State’s rich education history is significant. The Legacy in Education event celebrates the many accomplishments of educator and human service professional preparation and its significant role in the University’s history.
The program will honor Dr. Suellen Reed, Indiana's first female and longest-serving superintendent of public instruction and a champion for education reform in Indiana. Dr. Reed will receive the first "Leaders and Legends in Education" award from the Bayh College of Education.
The celebration also will include a keynote address by Stacey Bess, whose memoir Nobody Don’t Love Nobody inspired the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, “Beyond the Blackboard.” She also is a recipient of the National Jefferson Award for Greatest Public Service who graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in elementary education.