Press Releases | June 11, 2015

Former Gov. Daniels, former Mayor Peterson to headline evening of discussion about transforming education

Indianapolis – Former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels and former Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson will headline Celebrating the Transformation of Education through Public Policy, a special evening hosted by The Mind Trust, to discuss their administrations’ work and experiences transforming public education.

(NOTE: The event is by invitation only, but members of the media are welcome to cover the event.)

When: Thursday, June 18

6-7 p.m. – Registration & reception
7-7:50 p.m. – Dinner
7:50 p.m. – Program & panel discussion

Where: Indiana Roof Ballroom, 140 W. Washington St.

Daniels served as Indiana’s governor from 2005 to 2013. In 2011, the Fordham Institute declared Indiana "the Reformiest State" because of Governor Mitch Daniels’ ambitious education reform package. After leaving office, he continued his involvement in education when he assumed the presidency of Purdue University, where he serves today.

Peterson, who is currently senior vice president of Eli Lilly & Company, served as Indianapolis’ mayor from 2000 to 2007. During his terms in office, he championed the creation of charter schools in Indianapolis, winning Harvard University’s Innovation in American Government Award for his charter authorizing office. He also helped found The Mind Trust in 2006 and continues to serve as its founding board chair.

The evening’s moderator will be Kevin Chavous, an Indianapolis native who went on to serve on the Washington D.C. City Council and as its Education Committee chairman. As chairman, Chavous was at the forefront of promoting change within the public school system, and his efforts led to more than $500 million new dollars being made available to educate children in D.C. He is a founding board member and executive counsel for the American Federation for Children and the Alliance for School Choice, a noted author and national education reform leader.