The Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Niles Noblitt, is inducted into the Indiana Academy

Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Indiana alumnus and pioneer of biomedical technology, Niles Noblitt, will be inducted into the prestigious Indiana Academy on Monday, October 10 in Indianapolis. The honor recognizes his lifetime achievements and contributions to Indiana and Rose-Hulman.

Indiana Academy advances Indiana through Academy support for the Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. and its member institutions. Academy membership recognizes individuals who are or are residents of the state and demonstrate exceptional leadership in the fields of philanthropy, business, public service, advancement of science, arts, literature, culture and scholarship in connection with the independent nonprofit colleges and Indiana Universities have proved .

Noblitt, a 1973 bioengineering graduate from Rose-Hulman, co-founded Biomet Inc., a medical device manufacturer based in a business cluster in Warsaw, Indiana. The company specializes in reconstruction products for orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, craniomaxillofacial surgery and surgical supplies. It was named among the top 10 orthopedic device manufacturers in the country.

Noblitt joined Biomet’s board of directors in 1977 and became chairman of the company from 1986 until his retirement in 2007 following the sale of the company. His professional work also includes the development of total joint replacement prostheses and procedures, which continue to have significant applications, with thousands of patients worldwide continuing to benefit from the products and procedures that Noblitt helped create. He remains active in the medical device industry through a variety of consulting and board roles at biomedical companies around the world.

In retirement, Noblitt has applied his organizational leadership, problem-solving skills, and dedication to helping others support Rose-Hulman’s undergraduate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) leadership role. In 2018, he began a five-year term as Chair of the Board of Trustees of Rose-Hulman, a group of nearly 30 successful STEM professionals, business leaders and alumni who provide guiding principles and support for the Institute. This came after Noblitt had served as vice chair and trustee along with years as a supporting alumnus, advising campus leadership and providing philanthropic support with his wife Nancy, sponsoring student scholarships and exploring leadership and community service opportunities through the Noblitt Scholars- Program expanded and growth of the Institute’s state-of-the-art Oakley Observatory.

During Noblitt’s tenure as Chair of the Board of Trustees, Rose-Hulman successfully completed her $250 million Mission Driven fundraiser. opened several new campus facilities, including a $29 million new 70,000-square-foot academic building, a $21 million student union expansion, and the Richard J. and Shirley J. Kremer Innovation Center; and expanded national recognition and increased gender, ethnic, and geographic diversity within the student body. Rose-Hulman attracts top scholars from around the world seeking a specialized STEM education experience for students.

Noblitt said, “I’m proud to work with Rose-Hulman and I’m excited to see the Institute being recognized nationally for what I’ve known since my time on campus – that it’s core technical and educational principles, a strong work ethic , leadership opportunities, and a sense of community that produce graduates who become leaders in their career fields. I am honored to receive this award from Indiana Academy in recognition of my efforts to transform people’s lives.”

President Robert A. Coons noted that Noblitt worked closely with institute leadership to help Rose-Hulman navigate one of the most turbulent times in its 148-year history: surviving the consequences and aftermath of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Throughout this period, the college has remained committed to its mission of providing students with the world’s best STEM undergraduate education in an environment of individualized attention and support.

“Niles has a strong commitment to Rose-Hulman and its students, faculty and staff. That resilience has never been more important to the Institute than it has been over the past two years,” said Coons. “At the same time, Niles has helped campus leadership chart a course for short- and long-term strategic plans to keep Rose-Hulman at the forefront of an ever-changing higher education landscape. This guidance and support was greatly appreciated by myself and the rest of the campus community.”

Noblitt received an honorary doctorate in engineering from Rose-Hulman in 1996. He was a longtime board member of Indianapolis-based Nico Corporation, a pioneer in minimally invasive methods of brain surgery. Prior to its acquisition by Colfax (now Enovis), he also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of MedShape, Senior Advisor at Episurf Medica, and was a Board Member of OrthoHelix Surgical Designs Inc. prior to its acquisition by Tornier.

Noblitt’s additions to the Indiana Academy this year include D. Wade Clapp, MD, Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine; David Findlay, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lake City Bank; and David Johnson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, Inc.

Indiana Academy members also include Rose Hulman Trustees Linda White, Greg Gibson and Anton Hulman George.

Founded in 1970, Indiana Academy is maintained through support from the Tony and Mary Fendrich Hulman Endowment Fund and donations from Indiana Academy members.

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