John M. Mutz, a consultant and private investor, is a seasoned executive with more than 50 years of experience in the fields of politics, philanthropy and business. He has formerly served as:
- Chairman of Lumina Foundation for Education (2002-2010)
- President of PSI Energy, Indiana’s largest electric utility (1993-1999)
- President of Lilly Endowment, Inc., one of the ten largest private foundations in America (1989-1993)
- Chairman of the City of Indianapolis Department of Waterworks (2002)
- Two-term lieutenant governor of Indiana (1981-89)
- Indiana State Senator (1971-80)
- Indiana State Representative (1967-70)
For more than four decades, Mutz has been an Indiana leader committed to furthering the interests of the state and its residents. Prior to being named president of PSI in October 1993, Mutz served four years as president of Lilly Endowment. As head of the Endowment, he led the philanthropic work of one of the ten largest private foundations in America. The Lilly Endowment exists to support the causes of education, religion and community development. Under Mutz’s leadership, the Endowment expanded its community development work outside the Indianapolis area by using matching grants to encourage the creation of more than 45 local community foundations.
Before joining the Endowment, Mutz built a sizeable record of community service as a public official, having served two terms as Indiana’s lieutenant governor (1981-89). While in office, he was president of the Indiana Senate and led the Department of Commerce and the Department of Employment and Training Services, in addition to serving as Commissioner of Agriculture. As lieutenant governor, Mutz initiated an agenda of job creation, training and placement. Under his guidance, Indiana dramatically altered its investment in economic development, which resulted in the state taking the lead in job creation among the Great Lakes states.
Prior to serving as lieutenant governor, Mutz was a member of the Indiana General Assembly for thirteen years. A state senator from 1971 to 1980, he served as chairman of the state budget committee from 1977 to 1978. He served as state representative from 1967 to 1970. Among a variety of accomplishments, he helped write the Unigov legislation which created unified government in the Indianapolis metropolitan area.
In addition to more than two decades in public life, Mutz has been a successful entrepreneur and manager. His successes include the development of 31 Burger Chef restaurants and the formation of equipment lessor, Circle Leasing Corp. which was ultimately sold to Xerox Credit Corporation.
Mutz is a director of CHV Capital, Inc. (a for-profit subsidiary of Indiana University Health providing capital for business enterprises), Salin Bank and Trust Company, Projuris, LLC (collects judgments) and is a director and chairman emeritus of Lumina Foundation for Education. He is a member of the advisory boards of CID Equity Partners (Indiana’s largest venture capital firm) and Langham Logistics, Inc. In addition, he serves on the Board of
Managers of Ontario Systems, Inc., (the largest provider of accounts receivable software in America). His community service directorships include the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, the Indiana Stadium and Convention Building Authority, the Indiana and Indianapolis chambers of commerce, Indianapolis Zoological Society, Indianapolis Museum of Art and the United Way of Central Indiana, as well as other civic boards. He also serves as chairman of both the Indianapolis Charter Schools Board and the Indiana Employers Quality Health Alliance (an organization committed to improving value in and lowering the cost of health care).
Mutz formerly served as a trustee of Hudson Institute, as well as a director of five public corporations: ADESA Corporation, Conseco, Inc., CCP Insurance Co. (a subsidiary of Conseco), National City Bank Indiana and PSI Resources. He also is a former director of Security Group, Inc., Senex Financial Corp. and Walker Information and has served as national chairman for Ways to Work, a program to help former welfare recipients stay off welfare. Long active in school reform, Mutz has been a director of the 21st Century Charter School Program, the first charter school designated in the state of Indiana, and served as co-chairman of All Children Matter Indiana, a leader in the advocacy of choice in education.
Mutz is a columnist for the Indianapolis Business Journal and is the author of Fundraising for Dummies, now in its third printing. He is also the recipient of nine honorary degrees.
Mutz earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in advertising and business management from Northwestern University. He and his wife, the former Carolyn Hawthorne, are parents of two grown children, Diana and Mark, and have five grandchildren.
In alphabetical order, Mutz’s speech topics include:
- A Reform Agenda for Private and Public Corporate Boards
- Corporate Stewardship and Philanthropy
- Deregulation of the Electric Utility Industry
- Economic Development and Commerce
- Education Reform, Kindergarten through High School and Higher Education
- Metropolitan Government