February 6, 1997.
On this day, the Indiana University School of Business at IUPUI held a reception on campus to welcome former Indiana governor B. Evan Bayh as the new Harold A. "Red" Poling Chair of Business and Government in the school. The purpose of the endowed chair was to bring to the university as visiting faculty members persons with siginficant leadership experience in government.
Bayh fit the bill. In the 1980s and 1990s, Bayh had served first as Indiana's Secretary of State and then two full terms as governor (1989-1997). During his two-year tenure in the Poling chair he lectured to classes of students, organized faculty seminars, and advised school leaders on curricula addressing the intersections of business and government. In addition to visits to IUPUI, Bayh went throughout the IU system.
School leaders established the Poling Chair in 1993 in honor of the former chairman and CEO of the Ford Motor Company.
Not long afterwards, the business school was renamed the IU Kelley School of Business after alumnus E.W. Kelley.
Bayh won election for United States Senator from Indiana in 1998 and served in that capacity until 2011.
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