The Mind Trust’s board of directors has elected former Indianapolis Public Schools board member and health care executive Samuel Odle as its newest member. He is a senior policy advisor for Bose Public Affairs Group, where he works with clients on a variety of public policy issues involving health care and the life sciences.

As a former member of the Indianapolis Public Schools Board of Commissioners, Odle supported policies to give schools more autonomy, allowing parents, teachers, and principals to make more decisions about how to best serve students.  He was a strong advocate of IPS’ Innovation Network Schools. Prior to joining Bose Public Affairs Group, Odle served as chief operating officer of IU Health and held the position of CEO of both Methodist Hospital and University Hospital. He retired in July 2012.

Odle is a longstanding leader of the Indianapolis community. In 2011, he received the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee’s “Charles L. Whistler Award” for his visionary leadership and ability to forge partnerships between the public and private sectors that promote civil improvement in Indianapolis. He is an inductee of the Indiana Business Hall of Fame, holds honorary doctorates from Martin University and Marian University, and was named Moderator for the Indy Chamber’s Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series Class XXXVIII in 2013.

Odle currently serves on the board of directors for WastePoint and the Jordan Foundation. He is a past board president of the Crossroads of America Council of the Boy Scouts of America, where he launched a $16 million major gifts campaign to help fund Scouting programs and resources to boys throughout the state. Odle is also past chair of the United Way’s fundraising campaign, which raised $39 million.

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