Harry L. Gonso


Distinguished Alumni Service Award (1995)
B.S., 1970; J.D., 1973
Z.G. Clevenger Award (1994)
B.S., 1970; J.D., 1973
IUB Athletics Hall of Fame (1982)


Harry Lee Gonso has been an extraordinarily effective leader throughout his life. An innovative football player, he led the IU team to a Big Ten title and a trip to the Rose Bowl in 1967 as quarterback. Gonso was an All-Big Ten, he holds career total offense record, and won two Balfour Awards. He was MVP selection and an academic All-American. While a law student on the Bloomington campus, he was one of President Herman B Well's assistants before he received the J.D. degree with honors.

A leading corporate lawyer in Indiana, Gonso is a partner in the firm of Ice Miller Donadio and Ryan, in Indianapolis, and is active on numerous boards and foundations. He is a charter member of the IU Athletic Hall of Fame and is a director of the IU Foundation. During his 18 years as a member of the IU Board of Trustees, Gonso brought tremendous insight and boundless energy to that body. The youngest person ever elected to the board, he was vice president for more than 10 years, was the chairman of the board's student affairs committee and a member of its architectural committee.

Gonso accepted the chairmanship of the selection committee of the university, twice, to interview and recommend to the board a candidate for the university's presidency. His contribution to the university in this role was significant, as he guided the committee in its analysis of the responsibilities of the new leader and the qualifications of the candidates.