INDIANAPOLIS — David M. Findlay, president and chief executive officer of Lake City
Bank and member of the Trine University Board of Trustees, was one of four new members
inducted into the Indiana Academy at its 51st annual gala on Monday, Oct. 10, in Indianapolis.
Founded in 1970, the Academy promotes the advancement of private higher education
in Indiana through the support ofIndependent Colleges of Indiana(ICI) and its member institutions.
Members of the Indiana Academy are selected by its Board of Regents from nominations
submitted by members of the Indiana Academy or presidents of ICI member institutions.
In a video introduction, Trine University President Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., said
the university nominated Findlay because of his strong support for higher education.
“David has been a member of leadership boards at three of our ICI member institutions,
including his current service on the Trine University Board of Trustees,” Brooks said.
“He’s also provided leadership and support to other nonprofits, as well as regional
and statewide business organizations.”
Findlay serves as president and chief executive officer of Lakeland Financial Corporation
and Lake City Bank, headquartered in Warsaw, Indiana. Lakeland Financial Corporation
is a publicly traded (NASDAQ Global Select/LKFN) bank holding company with total assets
of $6.6 billion and 52 offices located throughout Northern and Central Indiana.
He serves on the board of directors for Parkview Health, a Fort Wayne healthcare system
that collaborates on health professions programs with several ICI member institutions
including Huntington University, Manchester University, University of Saint Francis
and Trine University.
Findlay is a graduate of DePauw University. He previously served as a state trustee
of Ivy Tech Community College and a member of both the alumni board and board of visitors
of DePauw University.
“I’ve been very proud to have been associated with the DePauw universities and the
Trine universities of the world,” he said. “They make Indiana a better place for us
as alumni of those schools, for employers of people coming from those schools, and
for bringing people into our communities that really create a value.”
The other 2022 inductees to the Indiana Academy were D. Wade Clapp, MD, distinguished
professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics, IU School of Medicine; David
L. Johnson, president and chief executive officer, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership,
Inc.; and Niles L. Noblitt, chairman of the board (retired), Biomet.
The Indiana Academy honorees are recognized annually for lifetimes of achievement
and contribution to the state of Indiana. Members of the Academy demonstrate exceptional
leadership in philanthropy, business, public service, advancement of the sciences,
the arts, literature, culture and scholarship in connection with Indiana’s independent
non-profit colleges and universities.
“We were delighted to honor the 2022 class of inductees at a special gala in Indianapolis,”
said Kurt D. Dykstra, president and CEO of Independent Colleges of Indiana. “This
is an incredible group of leaders, and we’re grateful to each for their impact upon
our campus communities and upon the State of Indiana.”
During the event, Deborah J. Daniels, JD, chair of the Indiana Academy Board of Regents
and partner at Krieg DeVault LLP, announced on behalf of the Regents their financial
support of the ICI Leadership Academy. This year-long program was launched in 2020
and specializes in the talent development needs of faculty and staff members of private
“In order to truly live the Indiana Academy’s mission, we feel it’s important to help
develop the future leaders of these ICI institutions,” said Daniels. “We think the
best investment we can make is in those leaders of tomorrow.”
About the Indiana Academy
Modeled after the French Academy, the Indiana Academy was established in 1970 by the
Independent Colleges of Indiana to recognize individual leadership, achievement, and
philanthropy designed to promote the advancement of the state, as well as its independent
sector of higher education.
About Independent Colleges of Indiana
Independent Colleges of Indiana serves as the collective voice for the state’s 29
private, non-profit colleges and universities. ICI institutions employ over 22,000
Hoosiers and generate a total local economic impact of over $5 billion annually. Students
at ICI colleges have Indiana’s highest four-year, on-time graduation rates, and ICI
institutions produce 30 percent of Indiana’s bachelor’s degrees while enrolling 20
percent of its undergraduates.
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