Gov. Mike Pence took time during a stop in the Columbus area Friday to visit with and honor James K. Baker, former chairman of Arvin Industries. Pence stopped by the Silver Oaks Health Campus, where Baker is now a patient, to present him with the Sagamore of the Wabash award.
"Jim Baker is a selfless, generous Hoosier who has devoted his life to improving educational opportunities for kids throughout our state and nation," Pence said. "I am honored to be able to present this true Hoosier role model with a Sagamore of the Wabash, and I thank him on behalf of the people of Indiana for his dedication to this important cause."
Baker has been an education advocate for decades. He led a capital campaign for Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC) in the early 1980s and is credited with raising funds needed to secure and update a permanent IUPUC campus.
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