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Calloway, Hardwick, Koch, Carpenter Headed to Hall of Fame

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Four people – two active, two deceased – will be inducted into the Regional Business Hall of Fame. 

The inductees include active laureates Harold Calloway and Susan Hardwick; and historical laureates Walter Koch and Willard Carpenter.

Ivy Tech Community College President Daniela Vidal announced the Junior Achievement picks last week.

Harold Calloway was USI first Black administrator when he worked as director of financial aid. He was also a State Farm agent in Evansville for 34 years before retiring in 2019.

Susan Hardwick is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of American Water. She joined the company in 2019 after a lengthy career with Vectren before its acquisition by CenterPoint Energy.

The late Walter Koch worked part-time at International Steel, and after graduating from Central High School he stayed with the company and worked his way up to chairman of the board.

And Willard Carpenter was an entrepreneur who may be best known for establishing a public library in Evansville. Willard Library opened in 1885 -- two years after Carpenter’s death -- and is the oldest public library building in Indiana.

The four laureates will be inducted at a breakfast Thursday, Dec. 2, at Old National Events Plaza.Hisotry

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