INDIANAPOLIS - The International Center Thursday officially honored Governor Eric Holcomb as its 2018 International Citizen of the Year. Also at the event, Indiana University Center for Global Health Director of Research Dr. Rachel Vreeman was named the inaugural winner of the Global Impression Award, which recognizes emerging leaders for substantial contributions to Indiana’s global profile.

Holcomb is the 32nd recipient of the award, the the center's board citing his efforts to attract foreign direct investment to the state. The honor, which has been awarded since 1985, recognizes Hoosiers who have contributed to Indiana's world view in areas including business, culture, education, government, research, sports and community service.

Thursday's ceremony at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis was emceed by Inside INdiana Business host Gerry Dick.

Previous winners include:

2017 Pacers Sports & Entertainment
2016 Dr. Michael A. McRobbie
2015 Dr. John C. Lechleiter
2014 Mayor Greg Ballard and Mrs. Winnie Ballard
2013 Mark Miles
2011 Tim Solso
2010 Gov. Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr.
2008 IU-Kenya Partnership
2007 Dr. Martin C. Jischke
2006 Ambassador Randall L. Tobias
2005 James T. Morris
2004 Christel DeHaan
2003 30th Anniversary Award: The Honorable Richard G. Lugar
2002 Rev. Fr. Boniface Hardin, O.S.B.
2001 Sidney Taurel
2000 Tony George
1999 Jeff Smulyan
1998 Bret Waller
1997 Lawrence H. Einhorn, M.D.
1996 Kai and Tom Binford
1995 KP Singh
1993 Margaret Sheridan
1993 Dr. Geoffrey Bannister
1991 Maestro Raymond Leppard
1990 The Honorable Lee H. Hamilton
1990 Sr. Marie Pierre Buttell
1989 The Honorable William H. Hudnut
1989 George Mikelsons
1987 The Honorable Robert D. Orr
1986 The Honorable Richard G. Lugar
1985 Riad Shaheen