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Marian University Honors Samuel Odle with Honorary Degree

Bose Public Affairs Group LLC is proud to announce Samuel L. Odle, a senior policy advisor at the firm, received an Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Marian University. The degree was presented to Odle during the university’s commencement ceremony held on May 11.

Odle was selected as a recipient of this honor by the Marian University Board of Trustees for the significant impact his leadership has had in the central Indiana community.

“For decades, Sam Odle has employed his many gifts and talents to promote and sustain the economic stability, physical well-being, and educational improvement of citizens throughout Indiana,” said Marian University President Daniel J. Elsener. “It was my distinct privilege to present to him the Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree.”

As a senior policy adviser for Bose Public Affairs Group, Odle works with clients on a variety of public policy issues, including health care and the life sciences. Prior to joining Bose Public Affairs Group, Odle served as the chief operating officer of Indianapolis-based IU Health and held the position of CEO of both Methodist Hospital and University Hospital. He retired in July 2012 after a career that started as vice president of operations at Methodist Hospital in 1981.

Odle is a member of the Indianapolis Public Schools – School Board. In addition, he is board-certified in health care management, and a fellow and past chairman of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He works with the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellowship program to develop future health care leaders, and is a member of FACHE (Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives).

Active in the community, Odle has served on the board of directors for the Crossroads of America Council of the Boy Scouts of America since 2001, including a term as president when he participated in a $16 million major gifts campaign to help fund Scouting programs and resources to boys throughout the state. In 2008, Odle served as chairman of the United Way fundraising campaign, which raised nearly $39 million.