Sharon Brehm honored with IU Foundation President's Medallion

Nov. 19, 2013


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie and IU Foundation President Dan Smith awarded IU Professor Emerita Sharon S. Brehm the IU Foundation President’s Medallion during a special luncheon tribute.

“During her notable career in higher education, Sharon has served with great dedication as an academic administrator, a pioneering scholar and an enthusiastic teacher,” McRobbie said. “She also has been a great friend and extremely generous supporter of Indiana University, and we are honored to be able to recognize her accomplishments and commitment to IU in this way.”

The IU Foundation created the President’s Medallion to honor those rare individuals whose extraordinary commitment, character and counsel have advanced philanthropy and enabled Indiana University to excel in transforming lives, communities and society.

Brehm created an estate gift that will fund an endowed chair in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at IU Bloomington. In 2011, she was inducted into the Presidents Circle, IU’s most prestigious donor recognition society.

“Sharon is one of those exceptional individuals who has served Indiana University in ways that have changed it for the better and forever,” Smith said. “Her scholarship, her academic leadership and her incredible generosity are an inspiration for all of us.”

Brehm served as IU Bloomington chancellor and vice president for academic affairs from 2001 to 2003. She later worked as a professor in the IU College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and served as president of the American Psychological Association. Born and raised in Roanoke, Va., Brehm has a bachelor’s degree and a doctorate from Duke University, and a master’s from Harvard. Before coming to IU, she held college and university administrative positions at the University of Kansas, the State University of New York at Binghamton and Ohio University.