Cora Smith Breckenridge


Distinguished Alumni Service Award (2012)
B.S., 1959; M.A., 1963


Cora Smith Breckenridge earned her Bachelor of Science degree in speech and hearing therapy from IU in 1959. She added her master's in education in 1963. Retired from a career as a speech, language and hearing pathologist, Breckenridge made history when she was the first African-American to be elected to the Indiana University Board of Trustees in 1997. She served three terms on the board. She also served as president of the Elkhart County NAACP and was elected as a member of the National Board of Directors of the NAACP from 2000 until 2012.