Governor Mike Pence conferred a Sagamore of the Wabash award to Marian University president, Daniel J. Elsener on August 10, 2015. The award is bestowed upon citizens who contribute greatly to the state of Indiana.
“Dan Elsener is a man of character and integrity, and his career demonstrates his longstanding commitment to and vision for improved education in Indiana,” said Governor Pence. “I am proud to recognize Dan with a Sagamore of the Wabash to thank him for his continued hard work, dedication, and extensive service to our state.”
Beyond his service as Marian University president, Elsener has served on Indiana’s Education Round Table for ten years and also served on the State Board of Education for ten years, working to improve education for the entire state.
As one of Indiana’s longest-serving college presidents, Elsener has led Marian University through a stunning transformation that began in 2001. Under his leadership, Marian University has gone from a college on the brink of closing, to a thriving university with an ever-increasing number of students and new programs ranging from a national championship-level football team to Indiana’s first new medical school in more than 100 years—the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
This is President Elsener’s second Sagamore of the Wabash award. Former Governor Mitch Daniels presented Elsener with his first on October 13, 2012, saying, “Marian University has been a stabilizing force on Indianapolis’ west side for more than 70 years. I am very pleased to witness its dramatic growth into a powerhouse for Indiana.”