Indiana State University dedicated a display commemorating former senator Birch Bayh and his family Friday. The display includes a timeline of the Bayh family’s involvement with ISU, as well as an interactive section that allows visitors and students the chance to watch video and see photos of the Bayh family and learn about their long standing ties to ISU.
Bayh, his late wife, Marvella, his mother and grandmother all attended ISU. Birch’s father was a coach at Indiana State and the school’s first athletic director.
Birch Bayh was unable to attend the ceremony because of his health, but his son, former governor and senator Evan Bayh spoke for the family and says they have a tradition of devotion to education.
“If you want to create opportunity for all of our citizens, not just those who are born to it, and you want to close this gap between the haves and have-nots and make sure we’re one America, with more unity, more common ground, more cohesiveness, then you’ve got to believe in investing in education,” Bayh said.
Bayh said the creation of the 21st century scholars program was one of his proudest achievements while he was governor of Indiana. He says the program, which helps low-income Hoosiers attend college, is an example of how government can help students attain their academic goals.