Marian University President Daniel J. Elsener Named Indianapolis Business Journal Media's Top 250 for the Second Time

by News Release | Aug 01, 2023
President Daniel J. Elsener awarded top 250 leader for second time

Marian University President Daniel J. Elsener is again among the best of the best. The Indianapolis Business Journal Media companies (IBJ Media) recently released its second annual Indiana 250, a list of the state's most influential and impactful business and community leaders, representing public and private companies, law firms, universities, not-for-profits, government and community organizations.

The list, available at, was compiled by the executives, editors, and newsroom staff at IBJ Media's three news brands — the Indianapolis Business Journal, Inside Indiana Business, and the Indiana Lawyer after a month-long process that included reviewing nominations, researching Indiana organizations and talking with community leaders across the state. 

"I am extremely honored to be recognized for the second time with the IBJ Media honor," said President Elsener. "I am pleased and humbled to lead a great Catholic university illumined by the light of faith and grounded in values and ethics."

The Indiana 250 celebrated the honorees at an exclusive reception July 2023 featuring remarks by Indiana Commerce Secretary Brad Chambers, who also made the list for the second time. Title sponsors of the event were CareSource, Ice Miller, and Pacers Sports and Entertainment, while Salesforce served as the host sponsor.

"Our 2023 Indiana 250 list is chock full of private- and public-sector leaders who are making big impacts in their communities, in our state and even in our nation," said IBJ Media CEO Nate Feltman. "We chose these leaders because they are doing inspiring work, and we want to share their stories so others can be inspired, too."

IBJ Media launched the Indiana 250 program last year, with plans to update it annually. Feltman said developing this year's list was even more difficult than putting together the inaugural Indiana 250 last year.

"There are so many talented, generous people in the state who are making a difference that narrowing the list to 250 is hard," Feltman said. "But we think that makes it special. We truly believe the people on this list are worthy of the honor."

About two-thirds of the people on the 2023 list were also on the inaugural Indiana 250 list. They included CEOs of some of the state's largest public and private companies, not-for-profit profit organizations, and educational institutions, including Daniel J. Elsener, Marian University president, Gail Boudreaux of Elevance Health, David Ricks of Eli Lilly and Company, Tom Kelley, president and chairman of Kelley Automotive Group, and more.

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