Carolene Mays

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an isu experience

Carolene Mays who graduated in 1985 with a degree in management and a minor in marketing, credits her ISU experience for helping her become a successful business woman.

She worked several jobs while attending ISU, but still found time to be a Sycamore cheerleader, and she was active in Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. "Getting involved in college helps tremendously," she said.

true entrepreneur

Mays has had active careers in business and journalism. A 2002 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award, she was also active in community and educational organizations in the Indianapolis area. From 1998-2010, Mays was publisher and general manager of The Indianapolis Recorder, the fourth oldest African-American newspaper in the United States. "The accounting and the business planning skills that I learned at Indiana State" came back to aid Mays in her effort to make The Indianapolis Recorder the success it is today.

Mays also served as a Democratic member of the Indiana House of Representatives (served from 2002 to 2008) and early in 2010 was appointed by Gov. Mitch Daniels to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.

a look back

"I loved Indiana State. The professors in the School of Business had a tremendous impact on my life. They were extremely challenging, but very good and thorough. The business school has got to be one of the best."

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