Congressman Luke Messer

Representing the 6th District of Indiana
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Congressman Luke Messer announces Congressional Leadership Academy at Ball State University

Sep 6, 2013
Press Release

(Washington, DC)— Congressman Luke Messer and Ball State University President Jo Ann M. Gora announced the creation of the Congressional Leadership Academy for Indiana’s 6th District scholars today on Ball State’s campus.

This one day event, set for April 5, 2014, will connect successful and engaged high school juniors with CEOs, business leaders and other invited experts working in areas critical to Indiana’s economy. 

The academy will recognize and reward civic engagement and scholastic excellence.  Two students from each high school in the Sixth congressional district will be chosen to participate in the full-day event on Ball State’s campus.  Students will have the opportunity to learn about Indiana’s strengths in advanced manufacturing, emerging media, sustainable energy and life sciences.

Leaders from emerging media speaking at the academy will include Mike Langellier, CEO of Tech Point, and Bill Oesterle, CEO of Angie’s List. Sustainable energy experts will include James Atterholt, chairman of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission; Jesse Kharabanda, CEO of the Hoosier Energy Council; and Paul Mitchell, CEO of the Energy Systems Network. Representing advanced manufacturing will be Sheryl Conley, CEO of OrthoWorx; John Harmeyer, plant manager for Hillenbrand; and Kyle Perry, partner at PROJECTiONE. The life sciences panelists will include Bryan Mills, CEO of Community Health Network; Newt Crenshaw, vice president at Eli Lilly; and David Johnson, CEO of Central Indiana Corporate Partnership and president of BioCrossroads.

“It was my personal desire to create an opportunity that would give young people in the 6th Congressional District, today, the same kind of experience that I had as a student and to help train a new generation of leaders,” Messer said.

During the announcement of the academy, Messer presented Gora with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Export Achievement Certificate for Ball State’s partnership with U.S. Commercial Service trade fairs and webinars to increase the university’s international student enrollment from around 300 in 2004 to more than 800.