The James G. Simms Leadership Award at IUPUC is awarded to inspiring individuals who have generously given their time, dedication, and leadership to advance IUPUC’s mission.
Tom Harmon, a business and community leader in Columbus, Indiana, serves as the president of Harmon Construction, Inc., which was founded by his father in the 1950s. He is also chairman and chief executive officer of Taylor Brothers Construction Co., Inc., and is president of Harmon Steel.
Joining the IUPUC Board of Advisors in 2005, Tom currently serves as Chair Person. In addition to his thoughtful leadership, Tom is a strong advocate for IUPUC throughout the community. He actively seeks to find synergies and fund student scholarships.
He and Taylor Bros have provided opportunities for IUPUC students as undergraduate interns and full-time employees. He successfully partners with the IUPUC Center for Business and Economic Development for employee training.
Along with five other couples in Columbus, Tom and his wife, Mary, established the African American Fund (AAF) in 2013 at The Heritage Fund of Bartholomew County, where he also serves on the Board. The fund’s purpose “is to enhance the quality of life for the African American community and, therefore, the broader community.” The also fund the AAF Scholarship at IUPUC.
In 2014, Tom was the recipient of the William R. Laws Human Rights Award from the Columbus Human Rights Commission for his contributions to the Columbus community promoting human equality. He has been involved with CAMEO, the Columbus Area Multi-Ethnic Organization, Columbus Young Professionals, and Leadership Bartholomew County.
Tom is a 1974 graduate of the IU School of Public Health with a BS in Physical Education.