Robert McKinney

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(businessman, financier)
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BornRobert H. McKinney
November 7, 1925
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Alma materU.S. Naval Academy, Indiana University
Member ofKnights of Malta, Le Cercle
Indiana Businessman who attended Le Cercle in 1983, 1984 and 1985

Robert McKinney attended Le Cercle in 1983, 1984 and 1985.

Until his retirement in 2005, McKinney was chairman and CEO of First Indiana Corporation, parent company of First Indiana Bank (now BMO Harris Bank). He was chairman and CEO of The Somerset Group, Inc., and also a founding partner of Bose McKinney & Evans LLP, one of the largest law firms in Indianapolis.[1][2]

He was director of the Hudson Institute at one time.


McKinney was born November 7, 1925 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He graduated from Shortridge High School in Indianapolis, and the U.S. Naval Academy, where he received a B.S. in engineering. In WWII, he was in the Pacific theater for three years (including a period on General Douglas MacArthur’s staff) before returning to law school in Indianapolis in 1949.[2]


McKinney was the Indiana Chairman for the presidential campaigns of John F. Kennedy, Edmund Muskie, and Jimmy Carter. McKinney was legal counsel to Indiana Governor Roger D. Branigin and as Chairman of Governor Evan Bayh’s Government Reorganization Committee.[2]

Jimmy Carter, who was his class mate at the Naval Academy[3], appointed him as chairman of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation (FSLIC ), and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) in 1977[2]. In the 1980s, during the savings and loan crisis, the FSLIC became insolvent. It was recapitalized with taxpayer money several times, with $15 billion in 1986 and $10.75 billion in 1987; however, by 1989 it was too insolvent to save.

McKinney is or has been a director of many organizations, among them the Presidential Advisory Board for Cuba, Hudson Institute, Indianapolis Economics Club, Indianapolis and Indiana Chambers of Commerce, Chief Executives Organization, Inc., World President’s Organization, Inc., the American, Indiana, and Indianapolis Bar Associations, the United States Naval Academy Foundation, Indiana University Foundation, Conservation Law Center, Board of Trustees of Marian University (former chair), the Carter Center at Emory University, and the Sierra Club Foundation (former chair).

McKinney was on the Indiana University Board of Trustees from 1989 to 1998 and was president from 1993 to 1994. He was chairman of the Board of Advisors of IUPUI and advising director to the IU School of Public & Environmental Affairs. In 2011, McKinney donated $24 million to The Indiana University School of Law, which assumed his name as a result, to the the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

He has received Honorary Doctorates of Law from Marian College and Butler University and is a Master Knight of Malta.[4]


Events Participated in

Le Cercle/1983 (Bonn)30 June 19833 July 1983Germany
Le Cercle/1984 (Capetown)12 January 198415 January 1984South Africa
4 day meeting of Le Cercle in Capetown exposed after Joel Van der Reijden discovered the attendee list for this conference and published it online in 2011
Le Cercle/1985 (Washington)7 January 198510 January 1985US
Washington DC
4 day meeting of Le Cercle in Washington exposed after Joel Van der Reijden discovered the attendee list for this conference and published it online in 2011