Richard Hatcher


Distinguished Alumni Service Award (2010)
B.S., 1956


An attorney in Gary, Hatcher also is an adjunct professor of minority studies at IU Northwest. When he was elected mayor of Gary in 1967, he shared the honor of becoming the first African-American mayor of a major American city. Hatcher served as mayor for 20 years.

He is co-founder and former national chairman of TransAfrica, an organization dedicated to global justice that helped in the successful effort to eliminate apartheid from South Africa.