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can learn so much from other people.
It positioned me to think that anything
was possible.”
The opportunities to learn were
numerous. They ranged from co-
hosting the former U.S. Attorney
General Ramsey Clark, who reminisced
about his weekly lunches with FBI
director J. Edgar Hoover, to attending a
major national policy conference with
history professor John Findling. In
1975, Stewart hosted mayoral debates
on campus that led to him joining New
Albany city government in personnel
management while he was still
finishing school.
Stewart joined Procter & Gamble
in 1984, selling surgical products
to hospitals from Lexington, Ky.,
to Lafayette, Ind. He eventually
moved to company headquarters in
Cincinnati and remained there for
11 years, working on business teams
that supported major brands such as
Pampers, Bounty, and Charmin.
In 1999, Stewart and his two sons
moved to Europe, living for six years
in Geneva, Switzerland, and Brussels,
Belgium. During this period, a number
of family and friends made their way to
Europe to visit, including a drop-in from
Mike Naville (B.A. ‘73), president of the
IU Southeast Alumni Association.
After 24 years, Stewart retired from
Procter & Gamble in 2008. Following a
nine-month “sabbatical,” he joined Gov.
Mitch Daniels’ staff as a senior policy
director for economic and workforce
development and transportation.
“There is one thread that runs from
my time at IU Southeast to now: It’s
all about results. I first heard that
fromProfessor Martin Baumann at
IU Southeast, and that idea has been
continually reinforced by the great
leaders at P&G, Governor Daniels, and
now Ports of Indiana CEO Rich Cooper.”
Bridges and Ports
Before he landed at the Port of
Jeffersonville, Stewart joined the Bi-
State Management Team comprised
of INDOT and members of the
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
working on the Ohio River Bridges
project. Remarkably, he remembers
being in high school in 1969 when a
new downtown bridge was initially
proposed.
The project was an interesting post
considering Stewart’s background in
economics and public policy, he said.
“It’s impossible to overstate the
importance of the project,” he said.
“I am convinced that without two
new bridges and a transportation
system that truly connects the area,
Southern Indiana and Louisville Metro
simply cannot achieve their economic
potential. And it’s not in the interest
of IU Southeast to have a second-class
transportation system, either.”
While assigned to INDOT, he was still
based in Indianapolis. But Stewart’s
personal ties to the New Albany area
were strong, and he wanted to move
back to his hometown.
As director for the Port of Indiana-
Jeffersonville, Stewart said he has
achieved the perfect balance of his
skills and experience. He began his new
job in November.
“The Ports of Indiana are recognized as
one of the premier inland port systems
in the country. Given the heritage of
the Falls Cities is so steeped inwater
transportation and logistics, the potential
at Jeffersonville is significant. The Port
is such a great asset to our region. I can’t
think of a better place to be.”
The Ports of Indiana were happy to
have him join the team, said Rich
Cooper, CEO for the Ports of Indiana.
“Scott’s management and leadership
roles with one of the world’s top
corporations, coupled with his
experiences in the transportation sector
with the state of Indiana, will allow
him to connect immediately with port
customers and business prospects in
our industry,” Cooper said. “He clearly
understands the win-win outcomes
of public-private partnerships which
define our strategy for growing
business and Indiana’s economy.”
Stewart also hasn’t wasted the chance
to get back involved with his roots
at IU Southeast. He attended the
Chancellor’s Medallion Dinner the
same month he started his new job.
“As for coming home, Robert Frost
once wrote ‘Home is the place where,
when you have to go there, they have
to take you in,’ ” he said. “It’s good to be
home.”
The Port is
such a great
asset to our
region. I
can’t think of
a better place
to be.
Scott Stewart