Inauguration features Governor Holcomb, concert choir

Eric Holcomb ’90 was sworn-in as Indiana’s 51st governor during an inauguration ceremony at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, Monday, Jan. 9, in Indianapolis.

The Hanover College Concert Choir surprised the governor with a gift and a pre-event rendition of the College’s "Alma Mater." The ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Madlen Batchvarova, performed the national anthem and “Back Home Again in Indiana” during the ceremony.

Holcomb, who officially became Indiana's governor at 12:01 a.m., is the fourth Hanover graduate to serve in the state's highest office.

He had worked as lieutenant governor since March and previously served as campaign manager and deputy chief of staff for former Indiana governor Mitch Daniels. In 2011, he was named Indiana Republican Party chairman and a member of the Republican National Committee. He later worked as chief of staff for U.S. Senator Dan Coats.

While at Hanover, Holcomb majored in history with a focus on the American Civil War and the Reconstruction Era. He also served two terms as president of Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) fraternity.

Following graduation from Hanover, he was stationed in Jacksonville, Fla., and Lisbon, Portugal, during a six-year stint as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy.

Mike Pence, a member of Hanover’s class of 1981, was Indiana's 50th governor from 2013-2016 before being named to the Republican ticket as vice presidential candidate.

Thomas Hendricks, an 1841 graduate, was Indiana’s 16th governor from 1873-1877. He later became U.S. vice president under Grover Cleveland and died of illness after serving more than eight months in office.

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