Daniels honors Ian Rolland with Sachem award

By Tim Cox
The Statehouse File

INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mitch Daniels on Wednesday honored former Fort Wayne executive and civic leader Ian Rolland with the state’s Sachem Award, which the governor created to be the state’s top honor.

Gov. Mitch Daniels, right, presented former Lincoln National Corp. Chairman Ian Rolland with the Sachem award Wednesday at the Statehouse. The award is the highest honor that Daniels gives. Photo by Timothy Cox, The Statehouse File.

Rolland graduated from DePauw University in 1955 and served as chairman and CEO of Lincoln National Corporation, which used to be headquartered in Fort Wayne. He retired in June 1998 and is currently a board member for more than a dozen charitable organizations.

“Ian Rolland has achieved excellence in everything he’s ever attempted,” Daniels said. “He has constantly searched for the right thing to do and then done it, sometimes at risk and perhaps cost to himself.”

The governor’s office calls the Sachem Award the greatest honor the state can bestow upon a person. It is presented Hoosiers in celebration of lifelong excellence and moral virtue.

“All of us have a responsibility to leave the places that we live in a better way because we were there,” Rolland said.

Past Sachem recipients have included the late philanthropist Bill Cook last year, who donated millions of dollars to organizations and causes; John Wooden in 2005 for legendary college basketball coaching; and former Notre Dame president Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh in 2006 for his work in social issues.

“Somebody told me I could be in the same category with Father Hesburgh or Bill Cook or John Wooden,” Rolland said. “Those people are really exceptional people and I am extremely proud to be part of that group.”

Timothy Cox is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.

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