B.A., Denison University
L.H.D., Indiana University at South Bend
Citation awarded May, 1997
Scott Schurz is a well-known publisher and philanthropist in the state of Indiana. Upon graduation from Denison, he taught at the University of Maryland, and then served in the U.S. Army for two years. He then embarked on a career in the newspaper business that led him to his current position as President and Publisher of the Herald-Times (Bloomington, Indiana) and Vice President and Director of Schurz Communications (South Bend, Indiana), a media firm operating radio, television, cable, and newspapers in ten states.
Professional leadership roles in which Scott has served include his presidencies of the Hoosier State Press Association, the Inland Press Association, and the International Newspaper Marketing Association. He has served on the Boards of Directors of the Newspaper Association of America, the Newspaper Advertising Bureau, and the Inter-American Press Association.
Scott’s leadership benefits his community in many ways. He has served as a member of the Bloomington/Monroe County Community Foundation, Monroe County Historical Society Advisory Council, and Bloomington Arts Council. He is a committed supporter and past President of the Bloomington Boy’s Club, Junior Achievement of Monroe County, Vice President of the Monroe County Chapter of the American Cancer Society, and Bloomington Little League football (for which he has also served as coach!). He generously commits his skills and resources to educational institutions as well, including Denison University, the University of Notre Dame, Centre College, and Indiana University, where he serves on the I.U. Foundation Board.
Scott and his wife Kay are the parents of three children, one of whom, John D. Schurz, is a member of the class of 1995. Scott’s sister, Mary Schurz, is a 1960 Denison alumna who published the Advocate-Messenger of Danville, Kentucky.