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2015 Hall of Fame Inductees

Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees 2015

The SHS Alumni Hall of Fame was created to recognize exemplary SHS graduates who contribute significantly to their communities and/or professions, who achieve academic or professional excellence, and who positively promote Shelbyville Central Schools. A number of applicants, all with worthy credentials, were considered for the 2015 Alumni Hall Of Fame. The selection committee met and narrowed the applicants down to three recipients.

The recipients are SHS graduates who have made outstanding contributions to their professions and society.

The 2015 recipients are:
Jay Butler, SHS Class of 1964


Jay was humble, kind, caring and always anxious to help others. He grew up in Shelbyville and was very active in 4-H. Jay was a proud alumnus of SHS where he was president of his sophomore and senior classes. At Purdue, he was the Director of Student Government Services, and was one of five 4-H students sent to Washington, D.C. to represent Indiana. In 1970, he received his MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. Jay had an
accomplished 35-year career at Eli Lilly & Co. working mostly in finance. Jay was especially committed to his extensive church work and community service. He loved working with youth, missions, and Stephen Ministry. In 2010, Jay received the Blueprint Champion Volunteer Award for his work with homeless intervention and prevention in Indianapolis. Jay died Sept. 13, 2014, just one month after his 50th high school reunion. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to all. “A Life Well Lived” is how Jay will be remembered by the many people whose lives he touched.
Joe E. Harlan, SHS Class of 1977


Joe Harlan considers the guidance from his parents and training from his teachers at SHS as the foundation that has enabled a successful global business career. Upon graduating from Indiana University in 1981 with a degree in finance, Joe embarked on a career that took him to the General Electric Company, 3M Corporation and to his current role at The Dow Chemical Company. Through years of hard work, perseverance and desire to take on major challenges, he worked his way through a variety of roles in the U.S., Europe and Asia, resulting in his being named a GE company officer at the young age of 40. After serving as chief financial officer at GE Lighting, Joe spent 10 years as CEO of 3M’s largest subsidiary as well as two of its largest businesses. In 2011, he joined The Dow Chemical Company, where he currently serves as vice chairman of Market Businesses and chief commercial officer. He is a member of Dow’s most senior leadership, and his deep insights along with his sharp focus on delivering value have been critical in Dow’s transformation as a company. Through it all, Joe has not forgotten his roots. He considers his biggest accomplishment as being in a position to give back to those who inspired him to reach for the stars, while also staying grounded: his family, friends, educators and the communities in which he lives.
Lee McNeely, SHS Class of 1958


A life-long resident of Shelbyville, Lee graduated from Wabash College and Indiana University (Bloomington) School of Law. Lee has practiced law in Shelbyville for more than 50 years, and is Senior Partner of the firm of McNeely Stephenson. A widely recognized lawyer and mediator, Lee has served as President of the Indiana State Bar Association, the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, and the Indiana Lawyers Commission, as well as serving on the Board of Governors of the Indiana State Bar Association on five occasions. Lee has been active in his community, receiving the Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Citizenship Award in 2003. Also active in politics, Lee has served as both a member and chairman of several Federal Judicial Merit Selection Commissions, charged with the responsibility of recommending individuals to the President of the United States for appointment as Federal Judges, U.S. Attorneys, and U.S. Marshalls. He has been honored as a recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash award on six occasions by five different Governors. An active supporter of his Alma Mater, he is a member of the Kappa Sigma Hall of Fame, has served on the Board of Trustees of Wabash College, and was named Wabash College Man of the Year in 1995. Lee and his wife, Rose, have four children and ten grandchildren.