Fr. Boniface Hardin

Rev. Fr. Boniface Hardin has long been an inspirational teacher, guide, and leader of the community. He began his education at St. Meinrad High School in 1951, where he eventually joined the St. Meinrad Archabbey. He then went on to St. Meinrad College and was ordained on May 11, 1959. He also holds a Master of Divinity from the St. Meinrad School of Theology.


Throughout his life, Father Hardin has received numerous awards and recognitions for his devotion to the community including "International Citizen of the Year” by the International Center of Indianapolis, “Living Legend” by the Indiana Historical Society, "Living Legends in Black" by the Hoosier Minority Black Chamber of Commerce, and NUVO Cultural Vision Award for Lifetime Achievement (2001).


Father Hardin founded Martin University in 1977 and continues to serve as its President. He has guided Martin University’s development to offer more than 1,200 degrees and to be housed in a new 58,000 square-foot Educational Center. He also remains active as a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, the Downtown Rotary Club of Indianapolis, the Indiana Association of Women in Education, and the National Council of Negro Women.


His many achievements before founding the University include being Founder of the Martin Center (1969), Co-Founder of the Indianapolis Sickle Cell Center (1971), Founder and Director of Northwest Action Council, Co-Founder of the Negro-Jewish Dialogue, and Co-Founder of the Human Relations Consortium (1971). He has also been Producer for Public Affairs – Education on Channel 10/53, Producer and Co-host of the TV program, “Afro-American,” on Channel 20 (1974-79); Editor of Afro-American Journal, published quarterly by Martin University; and Producer and Co-Host of the Afro-American Journal radio program on WIAN and WFYI-FM, an NPR affiliate (1971-91).