Bogdewic honored with medal, endowed lectureship

June 27, 2019

Executive Vice Dean Stephen P. Bogdewic, PhD, who is retiring this month after 28 years of service, was recognized during a June 19 reception with the university’s Distinguished Service Medal and the establishment of an annual lectureship in leadership that bears his name.

The Distinguished Service Medal recognizes “sustained distinction in administrative and other service to the University over an extended period of time or notable contributions that improve the university in major ways.” Recipients are selected by IU President Michael A. McRobbie.

Dean Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, presented the medal in McRobbie’s absence. He also announced that friends and colleagues have come together to establish the Stephen P. Bogdewic Lectureship in Medical Leadership.

The annual lecture will bring outstanding leaders to the school to share their insights with chairs, directors, faculty and learners. The Bogdewic Lecture is intended to build on Bogdewic’s “legacy of leadership development by promoting and cultivating a leadership mindset.”

Through a fundraising campaign, an endowed fund has been established that will pay for costs associated with the event. Because the fund is endowed, it will remain in perpetuity, ensuring the lectureship remains a permanent staple of the medical school and that Bogdewic’s name is forever linked to IU School of Medicine.

Anyone wishing to support the fundraising campaign may do so online through the IU Foundation. Simply type “Bogdewic” in the “Search all funds” field. Individuals may also contact Elizabeth A. Elkas, senior associate dean for development, at or 317-274-5262.