Mike Packnett, president and CEO of Parkview Health, was inducted this week into The Indiana Academy by Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) in recognition of his exemplary achievement and dedication to the advancement of Indiana and its citizens. The academy nominates and elects Indiana citizens to membership in recognition of their contributions to cultural, scientific, literary, civic, religious and educational development.
“I am honored to join such a distinguished group of leaders from throughout Indiana,” said Packnett at the induction ceremony, held Monday, Oct. 17 in Indianapolis. “In addition to my support of higher education and the advancement of our state, I truly believe in the mission of ICI. It’s important that, as leaders, we support our future leaders and the colleges and universities that educate them.”
The Indiana Academy was founded in 1970 by the Independent Colleges of Indiana Foundation. Nominees must have distinguished themselves in the advancement of science, the arts, literature, culture, or scholarship and/or in service to or the philanthropic support of higher education in Indiana; and have maintained Indiana residence for a cumulative period of at least five years.
“I’d also like to extend a special thank you to the University of Saint Francis’ Sister Elise Kriss, who nominated me for this recognition,” Packnett added. “It has been an honor serving alongside her in various capacities in Fort Wayne, and I am humbled that she saw in me what has been seen in so many other academy members over the years. It truly is an honor.”
ICI represents Indiana’s 31 private, non-profit, regionally-accredited colleges and universities. Their mission is to serve as the collective voice for excellence and choice in higher education for all students. For more information on The Indiana Academy, including a list of members, visit www.icindiana.org