- Honorary Degree (2016)
Doctor of Humane Letters
IU East Commencement Ceremony
Presenter: Michael A. McRobbie
- IU East Chancellor's Medallion (1992)
- IU East Chancellor's Medallion
Presenter: Charlie Nelms
BIOGRAPHYRichard Bodiker began his strong relationship with Indiana University East when he was a student here. Then, during his 16-year tenure in the Indiana House of Representatives, he became known as an unflagging champion of higher education in Richmond and throughout the state. Bodiker's legislative efforts helped to increase the facilities of IU East fivefold. What was once a one-building, associate degree - granting campus serving 1,200 students a year is now a full-fledged institution that grants baccalaureate and master's degrees, serves more than 4,500 students annually, and opened its fifth building this spring. Thanks to Bodiker's dedication, IU East students, staff, and faculty have access to a multitude of classrooms, laboratories, and offices. He has been a key figure, says IU East Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe, in furthering IU East's mission "to enhance the intellectual, cultural, and economic vitality of individuals and communities throughout our region."
At the Statehouse, Bodiker, a Democrat, showed strength in bipartisan teamwork and consensus-building. Serving as chair of the Education Committee, he supported longstanding partnerships between IU East and Ivy Tech. But higher education has been only one of his causes. He is an advocate of education at all levels and for all students, with special attention to those who are most vulnerable. His vision for improving the quality of schooling for K - 12 students included those with vision and hearing disabilities. He introduced legislation to provide additional funding for schools that serve these children and worked on adapting extracurricular activities to those with special needs.
Bodiker has also worked on behalf of the state's public library system, especially in Indiana's
small towns and cities. Long before others became aware of the benefits of early childhood
education, Bodiker also spoke out on that critical need.
As chair of the Financial Institutions Committee, Bodiker focused on matters dealing with the
regulation of financial institutions, mortgages, and consumer loans. In 2000 he authored a bill
requiring creditors to provide accurate payoff information to borrowers, limiting who could
make consumer loans, and placing restrictions on mortgage servicers. As a member of the Ways
and Means Committee, he supported a program that encouraged the revitalization and restoration
of downtown areas throughout the state. Those who watch the state's political scene agree that
no county in Indiana has been unaffected by Bodiker's House committee leadership.
But his leadership neither began nor ended in Indianapolis. He served on the Richmond City
Council from 1984 to 1986 and on the IU East Board of Advisors from 2006 to 2007. He has
also lent his talents to the board of the Richmond Power and Light Company, the Richmond/
Wayne County and Cambridge City Chambers of Commerce, and the IU East Alumni Association,
of which he is a lifetime member.
Bodiker is the recipient of many honors, including the Indiana University East Chancellor's
Medallion, the Indiana Library Federation Library Advocacy Award, and the Centerville Lions Club
Community Award. Len Clark, professor emeritus and former provost at Earlham College, describes Bodiker as "a model of effective governing through consensus-seeking, clear-headed analysis, and a steady concern for the public good." He adds, "Dick proved himself to be a true public servant."