Lifetime Achievement Honoree

 Jim McClelland, 2018

Congratulations to our 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Jim McClelland.  In January 2017, Governor Eric Holcomb appointed Jim McClelland to the newly-created position of Executive Director for Drug Prevention, Treatment, and Enforcement for the State of Indiana. He reports directly to the Governor and also chairs the Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse.

Jim is charged with coordinating, aligning, and focusing the relevant work of a wide array of state agencies that touch substance abuse issues. In addition, he seeks to leverage the state’s resources with those of entities in other sectors – business, higher education, health care, philanthropic, faith-based, and others – to respond as quickly and effectively as possible to the current opioid crisis and to take steps to substantially reduce the likelihood of a similar crisis arising from the abuse of addictive substances in the future.

In 2015 Jim concluded a 45-year career with Goodwill Industries, the last 41 of those years as President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana, based in Indianapolis. During the last decade of his career, Goodwill became heavily involved in efforts to help raise education attainment levels and reduce intergenerational poverty. The organization created a unique high school, The Excel Center, to provide a diploma option for older youth and adults who left school before graduating. Goodwill now operates 12 Excel Centers in Indiana and has licensed the model to numerous groups in other states.

In 2011 Goodwill began implementing Nurse-Family Partnership, a highly effective home visitation program for first-time moms in low income households. Goodwill places great emphasis on developing long term relationships and holistic, two-generation approaches, and NFP moms are able to take advantage of education and employment services offered by the organization. Goodwill also places great emphasis on leveraging its strengths and relationships with those of other organizations in focused ways to increase long term impact in the lives of people and help strengthen communities.

Jim has served on the boards of numerous not-for-profit organizations at local, national, and international levels and chaired several of them. He currently serves on the Dean’s Council of the Indiana University Kelley School of Business – Indianapolis, the Advisory Board of the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech, and the Board of Directors of Building Tomorrow.

A native of Florida, Jim earned a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering degree from Georgia Tech and an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. He is married to Jane, and they have two grown children and two grandchildren.

Past years’ recipients include:

Allison Melangton, 2017

John Thompson, 2016

David Becker, 2015

Senator Richard Lugar, 2014

Jim Morris, 2013

Mickey Maurer, 2012

Alecia DeCoudreux, 2011

Margot Lacy Eccles, 2010