D. Anthony Watt ’69 was one of four new members inducted into The Indiana Academy at its 45th annual symposium on Monday, October 19, at the Skyline Club in Indianapolis. This award recognizes Watt’s lifetime achievements and contributions to the state of Indiana.
“Congratulations to Tony Watt for his induction into The Indiana Academy! We are blessed and proud to have Tony as an alumnus and member of the Board of Trustees at Marian University. His dedicated service to the university has been instrumental in the tremendous growth the university has experienced,” said President Elsener.
Deeply committed to Marian University, Watt has served on both the local and national alumni association offices. He has also served faithfully on Marian University’s Board of Trustees for 20 years. When he joined the board in 1995, the university faced enormous challenges and Watt was asked to act as president until a permanent leader was found. He then co-chaired the search committee that elected current president, Daniel J. Elsener.
Beyond his commitment to the university, Watt has made great contributions to the entire state. A retired Chrysler Corporation plant manager, Watt began his 35-year career as an hourly employee, working his way up to plant manager, where he gained a reputation for stabilizing and improving plant operations at multiple locations.
Watt has also served as a school board president, officiated Indiana High School Basketball for fifteen years, and served as a consultant for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, resulting in the founding of the inner city Mother Theodore Catholic Academies. His service to youth and education was recognized by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis with the Community Leadership Award.
Other honorees included Rose M. Mayes, professor emerita at Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis; Jeanne E. Mirro, president of Mirro Family Foundation; and Carmen C. Murphy, community leader and advocate.
The Indiana Academy
The Indiana Academy was founded in 1970 by Associated of Indiana (ACI), now Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI), to further the development of public service, higher education, the arts and sciences, literature, and the general culture of the state through recognition of individual leadership, achievement, and philanthropy designed to promote these ends. Continuing in this tradition, we recognize the following individuals and congratulate them on their induction into The Indiana Academy.