AU President Receives Bicentennial Medal from McKinney

Anderson University President John Pistole was recently awarded the Bicentennial Medal from IU Robert H. Mckinney School of Law for his distinguished and distinctive service. The award honors those who have broadened the reach of Indiana University around the state, nation, and world. 

Pistole earned his bachelor’s degree from Anderson University in 1978. He went on to earn a juris doctorate from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law before going into practice for two years. Pistole began a career with the FBI in 1983 before he rose through the ranks and was appointed deputy director in 2004. In March 2006, the FBI honored Pistole with the 2005 Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive. President Obama nominated Pistole as administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in the spring of 2010 and he was confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate on June 25. At 4.5 years, he remains the longest-serving administrator in TSA’s history.

As Indiana University celebrates two centuries as an academic institution, President Michael A. McRobbie said, “The IU Bicentennial is an opportunity to reflect on Indiana University’s first 200 years, and to envision all that it will become in its next century.”  

“It is a great honor to receive this IU award with such a distinguished group of fellow alum from IU McKinney School of Law,” said Pistole. He follows by saying this honor is “very humbling.”

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.