Indiana University School of Education

The Indiana University School of Education honored four of its alumni who have touched education across the world, the nation and the state of Indiana during the Distinguished Alumni Award banquet Oct. 12. The 37th annual IU School of Education Distinguished Alumni Awards honored individuals who hold a degree from the school and have made a lasting impact through their work.

This year’s honorees are Abdul Farouk Ahmed, founder and managing director of ICC Consultants, an organization effectiveness and human resources management firm with operations in both Malaysia and Australia; Maurice C. Daniels, dean and professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Georgia; David A. Lepkojus, a longtime teacher and administrator for the Bureau of Indian Affairs at Many Farms, Navajo Nation, Ariz.; and Victor A. Smith, a lifelong Hoosier educator and one of Indiana’s most visible and active advocates for public education.

“The four we honor this year as Distinguished Alumni Award recipients represent the broad range of ways our alumni touch education across the world,” said Gerardo Gonzalez, dean of the IU School of Education. “From changing higher education in Malaysia, to promoting social change in the American South, to ensuring quality education for students on Native American reservations, and advocating for Indiana’s public schools, this group is remarkable for such collective achievement. Each has been a fierce advocate for educational achievement, and we are proud to honor them all.”

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