An Examined Life: The John Mutz Story

On Wednesday, December 2nd, Sagamore Institute hosted an online event with John Mutz, former Lt. Governor of Indiana, and Dr. Edward Frantz, historian, on the occasion of the release of his new book, An Examined Life: The John Mutz Story. The event featured a discussion with John and Dr. Frantz about the book project, followed by a presentation and Q&A session. We invite you to watch the full event, or view excerpts below from the discussion, in which Mutz speaks about the Unigov movement and the establishment of IUPUI, as well as how he headed Indiana’s economic development efforts in Japan.


About the Book

John M. Mutz served as Lieutenant Governor of Indiana from 1981 to 1989. He was the person most responsible for bringing the Subaru plant to Lafayette, a move that reinvigorated manufacturing in the Hoosier State. This work is a collaboration between Mutz and historian Edward O. Frantz and examines all facets of Mutz’s life.

Mutz’s life in electoral politics is the portion of his life that was most public and most familiar to its readers. After a loss in the 1988 Governor’s race, Mutz served as president of Lilly Endowment Inc. and PSI Energy before helping to create the Lumina Foundation in 2000. Mutz reflects on his life in philanthropy and on corporate boards in chapters that constitute the final portions of the manuscript. Mutz’s gratitude about the life that he has been able to lead is the motivating force behind An Examined Life. This book represents a culminating contribution to Indiana’s civic life by imparting the life experiences of a man who uniquely merged politics, business, and philanthropy.


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Watch John Mutz deliver 2016 ICOC remarks

On September 7-8, 2016, Sagamore Institute hosted the second annual Indiana Conference on Citizenship (ICOC), focusing on Indiana’s third century. Former Congressman Lee Hamilton, co-chair of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission, had a big idea: Celebrate the state’s 200th anniversary by gathering thought leaders to set ambitious goals to achieve within the next 50 years. 

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One of John Mutz’s key accomplishments as Lt. Governor of Indiana was opening Indiana’s trade with Japan. Former Sagamore fellow Larry Ingraham served as then-Governor Orr and Lieutenant Governor John Mutz’ staff person in Japan during Indiana’s successful effort to build a bridge for Japanese investment in the 1980s. Over the next two decades, more than 250 Japanese companies began operations in the state employing over 45,000 Hoosiers at a total investment of more than $10 billion. Sagamore produced a case study on the Japan success story to strengthen planning efforts for Indiana’s China trade strategy. We invite you to explore the content below that details Ingraham’s experience.