Marvin Bailey is a graduate of Arlington High School and recently retired as campus president for Harrison College. His professional career also includes 30 years as the vice president of education initiatives at Ameritech and 10 years operating two educational technology nonprofit organizations he founded. Much of his professional and personal life have been dedicated to providing underserved youth with opportunities to succeed. Bailey has been honored with a Sagamore on the Wabash Award, the highest honor that the Governor of Indiana can bestow, among others.
Venita Moore is the owner and managing principal of Engaging Solutions, LLC, a management consulting firm based in Indianapolis. A graduate of Arlington High School, she formerly served as interim secretary and deputy secretary for the Indiana Family and Social Service Administration and chief of the Division of Planning and Special Programs at the Internal Revenue Service. Moore has received the 2007 Indiana Governor’s Award in Business and Entrepreneurship among other honors.
James O’Donnell, who was honored posthumously, was one of 316 survivors of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis in 1945 and the sole survivor from the city of Indianapolis. He remained active in the USS Indianapolis Survivors Organization until his death in January 2013. After he left the Navy, the Arsenal Technical High School graduate became a firefighter for the City of Indianapolis, retiring in 1981 after 35 years of service. O’Donnell was honored as the Indianapolis Star “Man of the Year” in 1995.
Deborah Paul, a graduate of Broad Ripple High School, retired in 2013 as executive vice president and editorial director of Emmis Publishing Corp., the country’s leading publisher of city and regional magazines. She was also editor-in-chief of Indianapolis Monthly magazine for 18 years. Paul received the 2002 Touchstone Award from Girls Inc. of Indianapolis as a role model for young women. In May 2013, she received the City and Regional Magazine Association’s R.R. Donnelley Lifetime Achievement Award.
Fletcher “Flash” Wiley graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1965, and continued his studies as a Fulbright Scholar in Paris at L’Institut Des Etudes Politiques. Following service as a captain in the U.S. Air Force, Wiley received his master’s and law degrees from Harvard University. In 1996 he became a principal in PRWT Services, Inc. and played a pivotal role in building it into one of the nation’s largest minority-owned businesses, becoming Black Enterprise Magazine’s 2009 Company of the Year. Wiley is a graduate of Shortridge High School.