Judy Hess


IUS Chancellor's Medallion (2017)
IUS Chancellor's Medallion
Location: New Albany
Presenter: Ray Wallace


Hess serves as the director of community relations at Horseshoe Southern Indiana. She is the founder of Harrison County Community Services, a social service agency that provides basic human services such as food, clothing and utility assistance.

Hess served as executive director at Harrison County Community Services for nearly nine years. She then spent a dozen years as vice president of operations for Hoosier Valley Economic Opportunity Corp. that provided similar services.

As co-chair of the committee that studied proposals for introducing gaming to Harrison County, Hess pushed for the economic development she felt gaming would bring to the county. Following the passage of the Harrison County ballot proposal to allow riverboat gambling and the establishment of the Caesars World/Riverboat Incorporated partnership in 1996, Hess became director of communications for Caesars Indiana and eventually became director of communications for Horseshoe Southern Indiana.

Hess was honored earlier in 2016 at the 19th Annual Bale's Celebration of Humanitarians Red Tie Gala, recognizing the difference she has made as a volunteer and citizen of Harrison County and in the Greater Louisville community.

Outside of her career, Hess currently sits on the boards of the Horseshoe Foundation, Ogle Center, Harrison County Hospital, and Kentucky Derby Festival Board, where she is treasurer. She co-chairs the Harrison County Bicentennial Committee and serves on the Spalding University Advisory Committee, where she graduated with a B.A. in Sociology.