Richard L. Fleming


Kelley School of Business Distinguished Entrepreneur (1982)
Indiana University Bloomington
B.S., 1950; M.B.A., 1951


Richard L. Fleming is the founder and owner of Fleming Associates in Columbus, Indiana. Fleming Associates is a national executive search firm that was founded in 1968, and had expanded to 12 offices throughout the United States by the early 1980s with over 2,000 employees.

Fleming received his B.S. in marketing from IU in 1950 and his M.B.A. from IU in 1951. He joined the United States Navy after graduation, and was discharged in 1957. Before establishing his own company, Fleming held a variety of positions at Cummins Engine Company in Columbus from 1957-1968.

Fleming has served on the State of Indiana personnel board, appointed in 1972. In Columbus, he has served eight years on the City Council, three years on the Chamber of Commerce board and four years on the Plan Commission. He was a director of Sieco, a Columbus-based engineering consulting firm and Barada Associates, a Rushville-based consulting firm. He also is active in IU alumni activities and lay boards of the First United Methodist Church. He received the Distinguished Entrepreneur Award from IU in 1982.