William H. Hudnut, III

William H. Hudnut, III

Former four-term Mayor of Indianapolis and Congressman, author, TV commentator, think tank fellow, and clergyman, Bill Hudnut is a Senior Fellow Emeritus at The Urban Land Institute (ULI) in Washington, DC,  a principal in his own consulting firm, Bill Hudnut Consultants, LLC, and an associate with SGBlocks LLC.

A past president of the National League of Cities and the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns, Hudnut helped transform Indianapolis into "cooperative, compassionate, and competitive" city during his sixteen years as mayor (1976-1991).  He advanced the “Unigov” concept and revived Indianapolis through entrepreneurial public-private partnerships and the development of a “sports capital” strategy, which lured the Indianapolis Colts, the National Sports Festival, and the Pan Am games, among others.

Hudnut is the recipient of many awards, including Princeton University's highest alumni honor, the Woodrow Wilson Award for public service (1986); City and State magazine's "Nation's Most Valuable Public Official" (1988); the Rosa Parks Award from the American Association for Affirmative Action (1992); and the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (1985).

Hudnut, who graduated from Princeton University and Union Theological Seminary, has published several books reflecting his experience in politics and religion. His most recent book, Changing Metropolitan America: Planning for a Sustainable Future (2008), explores the land use issues that affect quality of life and makes recommendations for reducing sprawl and dependence on cars, encouraging sustainability, and more.