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University Trustees

The University of Evansville is fortunate to have an active Board of Trustees comprised of alumni-elected and student-elected members, as well as, corporate and community leaders. The board meets three times per year. If you wish to provide feedback to the Trustees, you may send an e-mail message to trustees@evansville.edu.


Mr. M. Stephen Harkness Mr. M. Stephen Harkness ('70) (H'06)
Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Indianapolis, Indiana
At-large trustee since 2006 — United Methodist Representative
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Mr. M. Stephen Harkness is retired from Duke Energy Generation Services where he was president. During his career, he has held various executive level positions in the energy industry.

Harkness graduated from the University of Evansville with a Bachelor of Science in finance. He later received an MBA from Indiana University. In 2006, Harkness delivered the keynote address to UE’s 2006 graduating seniors and received an honorary Doctor of Business Administration. In 2011, The Alumni Association awarded him the Distinguished Alumni Award. He is currently vice chairman of the Board.

Prior to his membership on the UE Board of Trustees, Harkness was a member of the UE Board of Visitors.

Mr. Roger Beck Dr. Roger B. Beck ('69)
Charleston, Illinois
At-large trustee since 2009
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Dr. Roger B. Beck is Distinguished Professor of History at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois, where he teaches African History and World History.

Beck is a 1969 graduate of the University of Evansville where he received Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies Education. He also earned an MA in Social Studies Education, MS in History, and Ph.D. in History from Indiana University. He taught at the secondary level for seven years and has held positions at the American School of Paris, Nichimachi International School in Tokyo, and the American Community School in London. He also taught for a year at the University of Cape Town. He is the recipient of two Fulbright awards and a number of teaching and research awards.

Beck is a co-author of a college world history text, A History of World Societies, and a high school world history text, World History – Patterns of Interaction. He is also the author of The History of South Africa, which is used as a textbook at many colleges in the United States and abroad. Beck has published more than a hundred articles, chapters in books, and book reviews. He is currently a member of the Harlaxton Society Board of Directors and the Fiddick Lecture Series Advisory Board. In 2011, he received the University Medal of Honor.

Mr. C. Edward Brown Mr. C. Edward Brown ('80)
Des Moines, Iowa
At-large trustee since 2013
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Mr. C. Edward Brown is the Chief Executive Officer of The Iowa Clinic, P.C. and The Iowa Clinic Management Company, L.L.C., a multispecialty group consisting of over 180 physicians and healthcare providers of 36 specialties located in Des Moines. The Iowa Clinic also has a facility in Ottumwa, Iowa and satellite locations in over 25 communities throughout the state of Iowa. Brown played a significant role in the formation of The Iowa Clinic when 80 physicians came together to develop a comprehensive multi-specialty group dedicated to delivering state-of-the-art, quality-focused health care in Central Iowa. The group has been recognized regionally and nationally for its many achievements. He has been a senior executive in the managed care industry for over ten years with positions at Humana, Inc., and CIGNA Health Plans.

Additionally, Brown has been active in his career serving on national, regional, and local boards of associations, closely held companies, and service organizations. He serves on the board of Delta Dental, The American Heart Association, and Bankers Trust of Iowa, as well as other organizations. He is the past Chairman of the Board for The American Medical Group Association.

Brown is a graduate of the University of Evansville where he received Bachelor of Science in Nursing with an emphasis in Business Administration. He also received a Master’s in Health Administration from Washington University in St. Louis.

Mr. D. Forrest Brumbaugh Mr. D. Forrest Brumbaugh ('89)
Dallas Texas
At-large trustee since 2013 / Alumni-elected representative from 2010-2013
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Mr. D. Forrest Brumbaugh is a partner at the international law firm of Norton Rose Fulbright in their Dallas office. He represents large institutional investors, including state pension plans, and university endowments, in connection with their private equity, alternative and other investment programs. Brumbaugh also represents both public and private companies in securities offerings and compliance matters, as well as in connection with mergers and acquisitions.

Brumbaugh graduated from the University of Evansville with a degree in political science, and he received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia.

During his time at UE, Brumbaugh was active in the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, Orientation Leaders, Inter-fraternity Council, and the Student Foundation. In addition, he was president of the Student Association and vice president of Student Congress. Since graduation, he has served three terms as a member the Alumni Board of Directors and one, three-year term as the alumni-elected member of the Board of Trustees.

Mr. Wilfred C. Bussing III Mr. Wilfred C. Bussing III ('77)
Evansville, Indiana
At-large trustee since 1999
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Mr. Wilfred C. Bussing III graduated from the University of Evansville with a Bachelor of Science in communication. He received his MA, MBA, and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Notre Dame and practices law in the Evansville area with expertise in estate planning. Bussing and his family own the Evansville Otters Baseball Team.

Bussing is chairman of the Enrollment Advancement Committee, and he was previously chairman of the Committee on Trustees and led an effort to significantly revise the University Bylaws. During the 1980s he served as a director of the UE Alumni Association, and in 2003, he was honored by the UE Alumni Association with the Edie Bates Volunteer Service Award.

Bussing is actively involved in the Evansville Catholic Schools, Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve, Keep Evansville Beautiful, Habitat for Humanity, Sisters of St. Benedict, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Big Brothers, Youth Resources, Vanderburgh Humane Society, and Emporia.

Bishop Michael J. Coyner Bishop Michael J. Coyner
Indianapolis, Indiana
Trustee since 2006 — Bishop of the State of Indiana
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A native of Anderson, Indiana, Bishop Michael J. Coyner is the sixth United Methodist Bishop in the State of Indiana. Prior to this appointment, he was the bishop of the Dakotas for eight years. Coyner received his BA in history at Purdue University, his Master of Divinity degree from Duke Divinity School, and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Drew Theological Seminary.

In 2006, Bishop Coyner received an honorary degree Doctor of Divinity from the University of Evansville.

Mr. John N. Daniel, Jr. Mr. John N. Daniel, Jr.
Evansville, Indiana
At-large trustee since 2002
Mr. Larry E. Dunigan Mr. Larry E. Dunigan (H '99)
Evansville, Indiana
At-large trustee since 1986
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Mr. Larry E. Dunigan is a founder and president of Holiday Management Foundation. In 1969, he and his father began Holiday Care Center, which grew to include Holiday Retirement Village and Holiday Professional Building. In 2006, his son assumed responsibility for operation of those businesses. Dunigan also founded One Call Communications, a long distance and operator services provider, which was sold; however, the Internet data and equipment storage center portion of that business was retained. Dunigan served as CEO until its sale in 2007.

Dunigan is chairman of the Board of Directors of Old National Bancorp, where he also chairs the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. He has also served as a director of the St. Louis Federal Reserve Board-Louisville Branch and Red Spot Paint and Varnish.

On the UE Board, Dunigan is a member of the Executive and Finance Committees. He received the Samuel Orr UE Honorary Alumnus Award in 1999, and in 2002, the Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity at UE named him Outstanding Business Leader of the Year. In 2010 he was named to the Evansville Business Hall of Fame.

Mr. Niel C. Ellerbrook Mr. Niel C. Ellerbrook (H '06)
Evansville, Indiana
At-large trustee since 2002
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Mr. Niel C. Ellerbrook is retired chairman of Vectren Corporation, a diversified energy holding company with utilities serving central and southern Indiana and west central Ohio. Ellerbrook served for a decade as Vectren's first CEO and retired in 2010 with 30 years of energy industry experience. He continues to serve on Vectren's Board of Directors.

Ellerbrook served as chairman of the Board of Trustees from 2008-2011. He received the University Medal of Honor at the 2010 commencement ceremony and was given the Samuel Orr Honorary Alumni Award by the UE Alumni Association in 2006.

After years of distinguished service on the boards of the American Gas Association and the American Gas Foundation, Ellerbrook was recognized in 2010 with the Association's Distinguished Service Award. The organization's highest award recognizes those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the natural gas industry. Ellerbrook also is a member of the Board of Directors of Old National Bancorp for which he services as chairman of the compensation committee.

Ellerbrook received a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Ball State University. In 1999, he received Ball State University's Business School Award of Distinction and was later added to their Business School's Hall of Fame. In 2001, Ball State University also selected him as a Distinguished Alumni and in 2008 granted him an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. In 2006 Ellerbrook was selected as one of the first two inductees into the Evansville Business Hall of Fame and was named the Indiana Chamber of Commerce's Business Leader of the Year in 2007.

Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Verna D. Fairchild Major General (Ret.) Verna D. Fairchild ('72)
Frankfort, Kentucky
At-large trustee since 2009 – Alumni-elected trustee from 2002-2005
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Major General (Ret.) Verna D. Fairchild has earned the distinction of recording several firsts in the United States Air Force and Air National Guard history. She was the first member of the Nursing Corps to become a commander of an Air National Guard Tactical Hospital; the first Air National guard assistant for nursing to the surgeon general of the Air Combat Command; the first nurse and the first female to be appointed as assistant adjutant general for air in the Air National Guard history; and the first female appointed as an Air National Guard representative to the Air Reserve Forces Policy Committee. Fairchild’s last military assignment was as assistant to the director of the Air National Guard for Base Operational Support Readiness where she was responsible for assisting and advising the director on support readiness issues which impact Air National Guard. Fairchild retired from military service in 2002.

Fairchild earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Evansville and a Master of Art in Public Administration from Kentucky State University.

During her career, she has received a number of awards and decorations including the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, and Air Force Commendation Medal, Outstanding Unit Award, and Organizational Excellence Award.

Ms. Alissa M. Fricke Ms. Alissa M. Fricke ('12)
Evansville Indiana
Student-elected trustee since 2012
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Ms. Alissa Fricke is a marketing consultant and founded her company, Thrive Marketing Strategies, in 2014. Thrive serves businesses and organizations in the Evansville tri-state region. Fricke previously served as business development manager at Weaver, Dalton & associates in Henderson, Kentucky, and program director for the Tri-State Donor Motivation Program. She graduated from the University of Evansville with a Bachelor of Science in communication with an emphasis in public relations, advertising, and multi-media production.

During her time at UE, she was involved with Admission Ambassadors, Student Activities Board, International Club, and AcesTV. Under her leadership of AcesTV, it received the Dean of Students Leadership Award of the Student Organization of the Year. She held a number of internships with local employers such as Haynie Travel, Mead Johnson Nutrition, Vectren Corporation, Fire and Rain, and UE’s Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education. In addition, she served the University as a member of the Honor Council and the Strategic Plan Oversight Committee. Notably, Fricke was the 2012 recipient of the Mabel Dillingham Nenneker Outstanding Senior Service Award.

Mr. Ronald E. Glass Mr. Ronald E. Glass ('68)
Los Angeles, California
At-large trustee since 2008
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Mr. Ronald E. Glass is an Emmy-nominated actor best known for his portrayal of Detective Harris on the long-running television series, Barney Miller. He also starred in the science fiction series, Firefly, and its sequel film, Serenity, and won the Hollywood-Beverly Hills NAACP Theatre Award for his performance in Speed of Darkness. Glass serves as chairman of the board of the Al Wooten, Jr. Heritage Center, a Los Angeles based organization dedicated to empowering the growth of young people in the community in crisis.

A native of Evansville, Glass graduated from UE with a double major in drama and literature. He is chairman of the national capital campaign for the Evansville African American Museum and received the key to the City of Evansville for his extensive community involvement efforts.

In 1980, he was awarded the University of Evansville’s Medal of Honor and was most recently given the 2008 Distinguished Alumnus Award by the UE Alumni Association.

Mr. Andrew E. Goebel Mr. Andrew E. Goebel ('74) (MBA '76)
Evansville, Indiana
At-large trustee since 1999
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Mr. Andrew E. Goebel retired in 2003 as president and COO of Vectren Corporation after a 33-year career. He holds a Bachelor of Science and an MBA from the University of Evansville.

Goebel is involved in a number of local organizations including serving on the Board of Directors of Old National Bancorp, Indiana-American Water Company, South Central Communications Corporation, Brake Supply Company and Community Natural Gas Company. He is a director of the Evansville-Vanderburgh County Building Authority, the Southwest Indiana Business Leaders Roundtable on Early Childhood Development, and Hoosier Voices for I-69. In addition, Goebel actively supports Catholic education in Evansville and serves on the Boards of Trustees of Reitz Memorial High School and Mater Dei High School.

Michael R. Hinton Michael R. Hinton ('75) (MBA '82)
Evansville, Indiana
At-large trustee since 1997
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Mr. Michael R. Hinton is the president and COO of Lochmueller Group in Evansville, a planning, engineering, and environmental company specializing in public infrastructure. Hinton received a Bachelor of Science in communication and an MBA from the University of Evansville. He is also a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Delaware. He was previously a member of the UE Business and Engineering Advisory Council, and in 1997, he was named Business Leader of the Year by Delta Sigma Pi, the UE business fraternity.

Hinton is involved in the community and past chairman of the Evansville Industrial Foundation and on the board of the Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana and St. Mary’s Health Center Board of Directors as well as the St. Vincent Health System Board in Indianapolis. Hinton also serves on the Southern Region Board of Directors of German American Bank. He is past chairman of the Southwest Indiana Chamber of Commerce and the Evansville Downtown Development Corporation, Ivy Tech Foundation Board, and Ivy Tech’s Regional Board of Trustees.

Mr. Paul W. Jones Mr. Paul W. Jones ('71)
Naples, Florida
At-large trustee since 2010
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Mr. Paul W. Jones is a graduate of the University of Evansville with a degree in engineering. He is the retired Chairman of A.O. Smith Corporation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and he is past chairman and CEO of U.S. Can Corporation in Chicago, Illinois, and CEO of Greenfield Industries, Inc. in Augusta, Georgia. Prior to that, Jones enjoyed a long and successful career in various capacities with General Electric. In October 2010, Jones delivered a lecture, “Lessons Learned,” as part of the Kern Family Foundation Speaker Series at the University of Evansville.

Jones has always devoted time to community activities. Currently, he is a member of the boards of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Milwaukee Children’s Hospital, the Boys and Girls Clubs, the United Way of Greater Milwaukee (2012 Campaign Co-Chair) and a trustee of the Wisconsin Nature Conservancy. In addition, he is a co-founder of the Milwaukee Water Council.

Mr. Robert G. Jones Mr. Robert G. Jones
Evansville, Indiana
At-large trustee since 2004
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Mr. Robert G. Jones is the president and CEO of Old National Bancorp and a member of its Board of Directors. Prior to joining Old National, Jones served for 25 years at KeyCorp. He is a graduate of Ashland University with a BA in Political Science and Business Administration.

During his time as CEO and president of Old National, the company has received national recognition. In 2013 and 2012, Old National was the only bank in the United States to be recognized as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the prestigious Ethisphere Institute. Also in 2012, the company received the Employee Volunteer Program of the Year Award from Volunteer Match. In 2010, Old National received the Award Excellence for Corporate Engagement by the Points of Light Foundation (co-recipients were AT&T, Intel, and Campbell Soup Company.)

Jones serves on the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Board of Directors, where he is a member of its Executive Committee and chairman of the Audit Committee. He is also a member of the Vectren Board of Directors.

Jones is very active in the community and is a member of the board of the Evansville Regional Business Council, the Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana, New Harmony Project, Evansville Police Foundation, Riley Children’s Hospital, Youth Resources of Southwestern Indiana, Ivy Tech, Evansville Business Leaders Roundtable for Education, and the Evansville Sports Corporation.

Former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels presented Jones with the select Sagamore of the Wabash Award and the Distinguished Hoosier Award. He has been inducted into the Evansville Regional Business Hall of Fame and the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation Hall of Fame and honored by the Tri-State Multiple Sclerosis Association as a Spirit Award Recipient and by the Buffalo Trace Council with its Distinguished Citizen Award. Jones received the James L. Orr Award from the YMCA of Southwest Indiana and was recognized by the University of Evansville Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity as its Business Leader of the Year. He was recognized by Indiana Association of Cities and Towns with its Larry A. Conrad Civic Service Award, and by Leadership Evansville with its Visionary Award. Jones was also honored by the Southwest Indiana Chamber of Commerce as its Richard A. Schlottman Business Leader of the Year, and Ashland University recognized Jones as its Alumni of the year.

Dr. Thomas A. Kazee Dr. Thomas A. Kazee
Evansville, Indiana
Trustee since 2010 — President of the University of Evansville
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Thomas A. Kazee is the University of Evansville's 23rd President. He began his service to UE in June 2010. A political scientist, Kazee served for 18 years on the faculty at Davidson College, including a decade as Chair of the Department of Political Science, and four years as Dean of the College at the University of the South (Sewanee). Prior to coming to UE, he served as Provost and Executive Vice President at Furman University.

At the University of Evansville, Kazee has led development of the institution's strategic plan, "Transforming Tomorrow: Our Students, Our University, Our World." The plan builds on the University's widely acknowledged areas of distinctive strength and its fundamental commitment to the integration of the liberal arts and professional programs. Building on this foundation, UE has adopted a facilities master plan that includes new student townhouses, renovations of key academic buildings and the University library, and enhancements of the streetscapes surrounding the campus. UE has also implemented an ambitious integrated marketing plan and deepened its commitment to international engagement. Of critical importance has been the expansion of UE's Center for Career Development, which is dedicated to support of students' career exploration from pre-matriculation through post-graduate life.

Kazee received a B.A. in political science from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, in 1974, and a Ph.D. in political science from Ohio State University in 1978.

Mr. Lawrence J. Kremer Mr. Lawrence J. Kremer ('68) (MBA '72)
Evansville, Indiana
At-large trustee since 1995
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Mr. Lawrence J. Kremer is retired from Emerson Electric Company in St. Louis, Missouri, where he was corporate senior vice president of materials. Prior to that, he was corporate senior vice president and president of Whirlpool Microwave Cooking in Benton Harbor, Michigan.

Kremer graduated from the University of Evansville with a Bachelor of Arts degree in management and an MBA. From 2011-2014, he was chairman of the Board of Trustees.

Kremer also serves as a director for NCI Building Systems and Fifth Third Bank of Southern Indiana.

Mr. Larry A. Mackey Mr. Larry A. Mackey ('73)
Evansville, Indiana
At-large trustee since 2012
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Mr. Larry A. Mackey, a partner in Barnes & Thornburg’s Indianapolis, Indiana office, concentrates on white collar crime defense and complex litigation. Mackey joined Barnes & Thornburg after 18 years as a federal prosecutor and three years as a state prosecutor. He concluded his Department of Justice service on the prosecution team responsible for the convictions of the Oklahoma City bombing defendants. Mackey tried both cases and delivered the prosecution's closing argument in U.S. v. Timothy McVeigh. As a federal prosecutor, he also investigated and tried a wide array of white collar offenses including securities fraud, healthcare fraud, money laundering, bank fraud, antitrust, and environmental crimes. He co-chairs the firm's White Collar Crime Defense Practice Group. He concentrates his practice in the representation of corporations and executives subject to federal and state criminal and civil investigation proceedings. Mackey has represented multi-international corporations before the SEC and DOJ in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations. In addition, he represents clients in complex civil disputes including pre-litigation case assessment and in all trial proceedings.

Mackey received a Bachelor of Arts and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Evansville, Indiana, and he received a Juris Doctor from Indiana University School of Law–Bloomington. Mackey is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Indianapolis Bar Association. He is admitted to practice in the states of Indiana and Illinois, all federal trial courts in Indiana and Illinois, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ms. Holly J. Marks Ms. Holly J. (Collier) Marks ('96)
Greenwood, Indiana
Alumni-elected trustee since 2013
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Ms. Holly J. Marks is a Senior Registered Client Services Associate at Raymond James in Indianapolis, Indiana. She has served as a licensed financial consultant and financial advisor. She holds Series 7, 63 and 65 securities licenses as well as insurance licenses.

Marks earned a bachelor’s degree in interpersonal communication from the University of Evansville. She remains active in the life of the University as a member and past president of the Alumni Board of Directors. She serves as the recruitment director for the Indiana Chapter of the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY), an organization that offers motivational leadership seminars for high school students. In 2007, Marks was recognized by the UE Alumni Association with the Outstanding Young Alumna Award.

Dr. Rose M. Mays Dr. Rose M. Mays ('67)
Secretary
Indianapolis, Indiana
At-large trustee since 1995/Alumni-elected trustee from 1992-1995
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Dr. Rose M. Mays, professor emerita, is retired from Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis (IUPUI) where she also served as an associate dean. She graduated from the University of Evansville with a Bachelor of Science in nursing and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.

While at IUPUI, Mays taught and carried out a program of research and community service focused on health promotion and disease prevention for vulnerable adolescents. Her projects were supported by foundations, industry, and state and federal health agencies, and her work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals. In 2003, she was elected to the American Academy of Nursing for her achievements in establishing community programs that served homeless youth and teen mothers.

Mays is secretary of the Board and former chairman of the Committee on Trustees. In 2004, Mays delivered the keynote speech to graduating seniors and received a Medal of Honor. A member of the Indianapolis Regional U•Envision Campaign, she received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the UE Alumni Association in 2010. In addition, Mays was the founder and past president of the UE African American Alumni Association.

Mrs. Robin L. Norris Ms. Robin L. Norris ('75)
Jasper, Indiana
At-large trustee since 2010
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Ms. Robin Norris graduated from the University of Evansville with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health and Physical Education. Recognizing the importance and demand for a comprehensive wellness center in Jasper, Indiana, she opened Health Pointe in 1995 and remains active in the day-to-day business by teaching classes and conducting personal training.

Norris is actively involved in the Jasper Community and serves on the Board of Directors of the Jasper Arts Commission, is past president of Tri Kappa Sorority, and a member of the Dubois County Community Foundation.

Dr. Keith A. Phillips Dr. Keith A. Phillips ('78)
Evansville, Indiana
At-large trustee since 2013
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Dr. Keith A. Phillips recently retired from St. Mary’s Warrick Hospital where he practiced as a diagnostic radiologist. He has also practiced at Welborn Baptist Hospital and Welborn Clinic, and he is a volunteer adjunct faculty member at IU School of Medicine Evansville Campus.

A native of Princeton, Indiana, Phillips graduated magna cum laude from the University of Evansville with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He received a degree to practice medicine from Indiana University School of Medicine and performed a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Vanderbilt University. He received a board certification in Diagnostic Radiology from the American Board of Radiology.

Phillips is an active volunteer at the University and has been a member of the Board of Visitors and the Science Advisory Council. In addition, he is an avid supporter of Aces athletics.

Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Mark A. Pillar (’71) Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Mark A. Pillar (’71)
Columbus, Indiana
Alumni-elected since 2014
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Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Mark A. Pillar graduated from the University of Evansville with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. Upon graduation, he joined the U.S. Air Force. After eight years of activy duty service, Pillar entered the Air Force Reserve until his retirement. His military career includes being commander of a flying squadron, operations group, and vice-commander of one wing and a numbered Air Force. His last assignment was in acquisitions in the Pentagon. In 1978, Pillar became an airline pilot at Delta Air Lines. He retired from Delta as an International 767-ER Captain. With nearly 23,000 hours of flying time, he has flown all over the world (except for Australia) in various types of aircraft.

Pillar is a disaster volunteer for the American Red Cross and is vice-chair of the Board of Directors. He is a three-term president of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and sings in the Philharmonic Chorus. In addition, he is the immediate past president of the Columbus Rotary and Group Study Exchange chair for Rotary District 6580. He volunteers with numerous groups in Columbus including Youth Leadership Bartholomew and Our Hospice of South Central Indiana. Pillar is the immediate past president of the University of Evansville Alumni Board of Directors.

Ms. Barbara J. Price Ms. Barbara J. Price ('66)
Evansville, Indiana
At-large trustee since 1995
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Now retired, Ms. Barbara J. Price was vice president of Health, Environment and Safety at Phillips Petroleum Company. While at Phillips, she was involved with numerous industry committees and tasks forces such as the American Petroleum Institute, the Natural Gas Supply Association, and the Environmental Protection Association Common Sense Initiative Council. She was a member the American Institute for Chemical Engineers and the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Price graduated from the University of Evansville with a Bachelor of Arts in education and chemistry. She also received a MA in chemistry education from the University of Chicago and a master’s degree in management from Purdue University. In 2011, the Alumni Association awarded her the Edie Bates Volunteer Service Award, and in 1996, she received the University of Evansville Medal of Honor.

Rev. Larry A. Rascoe, Sr. Rev. Larry A. Rascoe, Sr.
Evansville, Indiana
At-large trustee since 2010
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Rev. Larry A. Rascoe, Sr. has been pastor of Nazarene Missionary Baptist Church in Evansville, Indiana, since 1989. The church has grown under his leadership with a membership of 1,200. He received a Bachelor of Science in Religious Studies from Oakland City University.

Rascoe is very active in the Evansville community and has received the prestigious Jefferson Award for outstanding community and public service from the American Institute for Public Service and the Distinguished Citizen Award from former Indiana Governor Frank O'Bannon. Rascoe is the founder of a faith-based preparatory school, Joshua Academy, which accepts students ages 3 years old through 5th grade. In addition, he is the co-developer of Emporia Shopping Center which brought a much-needed grocery, shopping and banking outlet to the central city.

Mr. William A. Rasmussen Mr. William A. Rasmussen ('97)
Carthage, Illinois
Alumni-elected trustee since 2012
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Mr. William A. Rasmussen is a partner in Capps, Ancelet, Clark & Rasmussen, a general practice law firm in Carthage, Illinois. He handles all types of cases including dissolution of marriage, custody, criminal defense, probate, real estate, and personal injury. He is admitted to practice in the states of Missouri and Illinois as well as the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois.

Rasmussen graduated from the University of Evansville with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a concentration in finance and a minor in political science. He received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2000.

Rasmussen is an active member of his community. He is a member and past president of the Carthage Kiwanis Club. He is also the assistant varsity boys basketball coach for the Illinios West Chargers.

Mr. Brock Reneer Mr. Brock Reneer ('13)
Columbus, Ohio
Student-elected trustee since 2013
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Mr. Brock Reneer is a Financial Analyst at J. P. Morgan Chase & Co. in Columbus, Ohio. Reneer graduated from the University of Evansville with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with majors in finance and economics. Upon graduation, he received the Guthrie May Award for the most outstanding senior man.

While on campus, Reneer was involved with Orientation Leaders, Freshman Council, Admission Ambassadors, and Business Scholars Days; all organizations that enabled him to build relationships and assist new and prospective students and families make a smooth transition to college life. In addition, he was involved with the cheer team and was president and vice president of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity.

Ms. Sally Rideout Ms. Sally Rideout ('91)
Newburgh, Indiana
At-large trustee since 2013
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After more than 20 years of working with businesses, elected officials, and stakeholders, Ms. Sally Rideout established Rideout Public Affairs, L.L.C., in 2013 to serve her clients with her unique skillset and perspective. Rideout earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in political science from the University of Evansville.

Rideout started her career when she became the youngest woman ever elected to the Indiana House of Representatives when she defeated the Speaker of the House in where she served on the Ways and Means Committee and as vice-chair of the Transportation Committee. She worked directly with constituents to resolve their concerns, negotiated details of the state budget, landed investments to support economic development projects in her district, and worked with the media. After leaving office, Rideout spent several years as vice president for Government Relations at the Chamber of Commerce of Southwestern Indiana worked to advance community issues such as I-69 and restore National Doppler radar coverage for the region.

Later, Rideout joined Alcoa as the communications and community affairs manager for the company’s Warrick Operations in Newburgh, Indiana, where she worked with plant and community leaders across the United States as well as Europe, Russia, China, and Australia. She led the development of Alcoa’s Political Action Committee (PAC), managed state government relations in 13 states, negotiated incentive packages to support investments in multiple states, and handled public policy initiatives on issues including recycling, transportation, infrastructure, and pensions. Rideout’s career also includes directorships at Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari and the University of Evansville’s Office of Development.

Rideout is the founding co-chair of the Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana where she continues to serve on the Executive Committee; a members of the Board of Directors of St. Mary’s Health and St. Mary’s Warrick Hospital; a members of the advisory committee for the Women’s Fund of Warrick County; and a member of the Government Affairs Society of Indiana. Rideout received the ATHENA award in recognition of her professional excellence and community service; the University of Evansville Alumni Association Outstanding Young Alumna Award; and the Business Leader of the Year Award from University of Evansville Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity.

Ms. Anita Horn Rizek Ms. Anita Horn Rizek ('89)
Davidsonville, Maryland
At-large trustee since 2002
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Ms. Anita Horn Rizek graduated from the University of Evansville with a Bachelor of Science in accounting. She earned a Master of Taxation from the George Washington University, and a Juris Doctor from the American University Washington College of Law. In 1998, she was given the Distinguished Young Alumnus Award by the UE Alumni Association.

Rizek is legislative counsel for the U.S. Tax Court. Prior to this appointment, she was tax counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance for Senators Moynihan and Baucus, legislative director for Senator Harry Reid, deputy chief of staff and senior policy advisor for the National Commission on Restructuring the IRS, tax manager at the American Institute of CPAs, and senior tax professional at Ernst and Young.

Mr. Nick J. Rutigliano Mr. Nick J. Rutigliano ('70)
Indianapolis, Indiana
At-large trustee since 2007
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Mr. Nick J. Rutigliano served as president of Tobias Insurance Group, a commercia insurance brockerage busines he founded from 1973 to 2012, prior to t being acquired by Assured Partners, L.L.C. Rutigliano currently serves as president of Assured Partners of Indiana, L.L.C. He graduated from the University of Evansville with a bachelor’s degree in business/marketing.

Rutigliano also serves on the Board of Directors of Calumet Specialty Products Partners (NASDAQ).

Mr. John C. Schroeder Mr. John C. Schroeder (H '00)
Evansville, Indiana
At-large trustee since 1991 — United Methodist Representative
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Mr. John C. Schroeder is the president and CEO of Wabash Plastics, Inc. and Crescent Plastics, Inc., both privately owned, Indiana-based companies headquartered in Evansville, Indiana. He also serves on the board of three other privately held companies which are owned primarily by his family: Cresline Plastic Pipe Co. Inc., Cresline West Inc., and Cresline Northwest LLC.

Schroeder received an undergraduate degree from Wabash College and earned an MBA from Indiana University. In 2000, he received the Samuel Orr Honorary Alumnus Award given by the UE Alumni Association. Schroeder served as chairman of the UE Board of trustees from 2005-2008.

In addition, Schroeder is a member of the Board of Directors at Old National Bank Community Bank Board, Anchor Industries, and Wabash College. Locally, Schroeder is a member of the board of Keep Evansville Beautiful, Signature School Foundation Board, Rotary Club of Evansville, Evansville Regional Business Committee, and the Welborn Foundation. In addition, he is a member of the Indiana Academy.

Mr. Arthur L. Shoener Mr. Arthur L. Shoener ('68)
Kansas City, Missouri
At-large trustee since 1996
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Mr. Arthur L. Shoener graduated from the University of Evansville with a Bachelor of Science in business administration. He received a certificate of completion from the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School.

For a number of years, Shoener has been involved in the railroad business. Most recently, he was president and CEO of Kansas City Southern Railway and member of the board of Kansas City Southern Corporation. Prior to that, he was executive vice president for operations of Union Pacific Railroad. In 1997, he was designated chairman of the board of the Omaha Branch of the Federal Reserve.

Mr. Charles E. Singer Jr. Mr. Charles E. Singer Jr. ('78)
Indianapolis, Indiana
At-large trustee since 2006
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Mr. Charles E. Singer Jr. is senior vice president of investments at Wells Fargo Advisors in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Singer graduated from the University of Evansville with a Bachelor of Science in accounting. He earned his CFP from the College of Financial Planning and an MBA from Butler University. On the UE Board, Singer serves as chairman of the Committee on Trustees. Prior to his appointment to the UE Board, he was a member of the Board of Visitors and is a member of the Purple Aces Club.

Mr. Nathan R. Stamps (’14) Mr. Nathan R. Stamps (’14)
Arlington, Virginia
Student-elected trustee since 2014
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A native of Newburgh, Indiana, Mr. Nathan R. Stamps graduated from the University of Evansville with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, International Studies, and German with a minor in Russian Studies. After a summer internship with Indiana Senator Dan Coats, Stamps will begin graduate school at the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs.

During his time as a UE student, Stamps was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity and the Orientation Leaders. In addition, he studied in Germany and at Harlaxton College, the British Campus of the University of Evansville. In addition, he enjoyed competing with fellow students in tennis, racquetball, and swimming.

Mr. Michael T. Vea Mr. Michael T. Vea
Indianapolis, Indiana
At-large trustee since 2001
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Mr. Michael T. Vea is President and Co-Owner of Lewellyn Technology LLC. Lewellyn is a national safety services leader in assessing and mitigating arc flash and combustible dust hazards. Mike received a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Indiana University and an MBA from Depaul University. He has 30 years of experience as CEO, board member, or business advisor to various service industries including financial services, education, and health care.

Vea is involved in the community and actively supports education and economic development. He led a community-wide Blue Ribbon Commission to evaluate and ultimately improve Evansville’s K-12 public education system. Vea also holds several appointed board positions in higher education in Indiana.

Ms. Linda E. White Ms. Linda E. White ('76) (MBA '83)
Evansville, Indiana
At-large trustee since 2005
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Ms. Linda E. White is the president and CEO of Deaconess Health System. She joined Deaconess in 1974 and has held numerous positions during her tenure.

White received a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Indiana State University and completed the Deaconess School of Nursing diploma program earning a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Evansville. She also received an MBA from UE and holds an advanced certification as an American Nurse Administrator. White is vice chairman of the University of Evansville Board of Trustees.

White’s civic and community involvement includes an extensive list of local organizations. White is a director for Old National Bancorp and has served as a board member of Leadership Evansville, Operation City Beautiful, Ark Crisis Nursery, and Junior League. She is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. In 2001, White was recognized as Evansville’s Athena Award recipient, and in 2004, was named the University of Evansville’s Delta Sigma Pi Business Leader of the Year. In 2014, she was inducted into the Evansville Business Hall of Fame.

Mr. Matt Williams Mr. Matt Williams ('73)
New York, New York
At-large trustee since 2001
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Mr. Matt Williams is a partner and writer/director for Wind Dancer Production Group in New York and Hollywood. He graduated from UE with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He also holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of New Orleans. In 1993, Williams received the Distinguished Alumnus Award given by the UE Alumni Association, and in 2001, he received an honorary degree, Doctor of Fine Arts, from the University of Evansville.

Williams is best known as the creator and executive producer of the hit series, Roseanne, and the co-creator and executive producer of Home Improvement. Williams joined The Cosby Show during its premiere season as a writer/producer and remained for three seasons during which his work was honored with Emmy and Humanitas nominations as well as sharing a Peabody Award for outstanding achievement in television writing. In 1995, Williams was named one of “TV’s Biggest Power Players,” by The Los Angeles Times. Currently, he is writing a half-hour program with George Lopez and David McFadzean for FX.

In film, Williams produced Bernie, starring Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey and Shirley MacLaine, produced As Cool As I Am, starring Sarah Bolger, Claire Danes, and James Marsden, and directed Where the Heart Is, starring Natalie Portman and Ashley Judd. He produced Nancy Meyer’s romantic comedy What Women Want with Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt; executive produced the critically acclaimed drama Fireflight with Sophie Marceau, served as co-writer and producer of Disney’s award-winning Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken and co-wrote, produced, and directed Walker Payne with Jason Patric and Sam Shepard. Wind Dancer Film’s latest file, The Keeping Room, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival on September 8, 2014.

In pursuit of his passion to see children succeed, Williams formed the Laughing Angels Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children around the world. Laughing Angels Foundation’s first project is building a school in the Bas-Citronniers region of Leogane, Haiti.

Mr. Steven W. Worthington Mr. Steven W. Worthington ('73)
Evansville, Indiana
At-large trustee since 2004
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Mr. Steve W. Worthington is a retired banking officer with Fifth Third Bank. He graduated from the University of Evansville with a Bachelor of Science in economics and was the first UE student to register to attend a semester abroad at the University’s British Campus, Harlaxton College.

Worthington is chairman of the Harlaxton Committee of the UE Board. He has actively participated in fund raising efforts on behalf of his alma mater and has been a member of the boards of the Harlaxton Society, Theatre Society, and the Purple Aces Club. Worthington has also been a member of the Alumni Board of Directors and received the Alumni Certificate of Appreciation in 1989. Worthington and his wife, Susan, jointly received the Alumni Association’s Edie Bates Volunteer Service Award in 2009.

He is a second generation member of the UE Board. His father, C. Wayne Worthington, was a member of the UE Board from 1976 until his death in August 2000.

Life Trustees

Mr. Alan Braun Mr. Alan Braun (H'01)
Evansville, Indiana
At-large trustee from 1989 - 2011
Life trustee since 2011
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Mr. Alan W. Braun is chairman emeritus of Industrial Contractors Skanska and a strategic advisor to the executive vice president of that company and the president of Skanska USA Civil. Since 1978, Industrial Contractors, Inc. has been listed in Engineering News Record’s prestigious “Top 400 Contractors.” From 2002-2005, Braun was chairman of the UE Board and provided exemplary leadership to the University’s National Campaign Steering Committee, U•Envision, which has exceeded or met all fundraising goals to date.

Braun is a director at Old National Bancorp and Koch Enterprises. He has served as chair of the Deaconess Hospital Foundation and the Deaconess Service Corporation. Other accomplishments include chairing the United Way of Southwestern Indiana Campaign and serving as acting chairman of the Junior Achievement of Southwest Indiana. He is also a member of the Evansville Regional Business Committee and was selected for membership in the Indiana Academy, was inducted into the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame, and received the Buffalo Trace Council Distinguished Citizen Award.

Braun received an accounting degree from the University of Notre Dame. In 2001, he received the Samuel Orr Honorary Alumnus Award given by the UE Alumni Association, and in 1999, he was named the UE Delta Sigma Pi Business Leader of the Year.

Lt. Gen. (Ret.) John B. Conaway Lt. Gen. (Ret.) John B. Conaway ('56) (H '86)
Bethany Beach, Delaware
At large trustee from 1989 - 2007
Life trustee since 2007
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Lt. Gen. (Ret.) John B. Conaway graduated from the University of Evansville with a Bachelor of Science in business administration. During his time at UE, he was a member of the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program. He earned a Masters in management and human relations from Webster College. In 1986, he was awarded an honorary doctor of laws from his alma mater.

Conaway enjoyed a long and successful career in the United States Air Force and National Guard where he over saw the entire National Guard (Army and Air Force) for the United States and its territories. He authored, Call Out the Guard!, a book that tells the story of the modern day National Guard. Conaway is currently Chairman and CEO of The Conaway Group, an affiliation of former military professionals who provide assistance and strategic guidance to federal executive agencies, corporations, and non-governmental organizational.

Among his honors, Conaway was enshrined into the Kentucky Aviation Hall of Fame and received the NAACP Meritorious Service Award. He has been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal from the Department of Defense, the U.S. Air Force, and the U.S. Army. Conaway also received the Robert W. Crawford Achievement Prize from the National Recreational Foundation in recognition of his extensive work with Youth at Risk in the National Guard Youth Challenge Program.

Mr. H. Lee Cooper III Mr. H. Lee Cooper III (H '88)
Sanibel, Florida
At-large trustee from 1984 - 2008
Life trustee since 2008
Mr. Wayne A. Davidson Mr. Wayne A. Davidson ('56)
Evansville, Indiana
At large trustee from 1977 – 2004
Life trustee since 2004
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Mr. Wayne A. Davidson graduated from the University of Evansville with a BA in business administration. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the UE Alumni Association. Davidson was chairman of the UE Board from 1987-90.

From 1953 to 1955, Davidson served in the United States Army. He began his professional career in 1958 as a field sales representative at Mead Johnson and Company. Davidson progressed within the company eventually becoming executive vice president of Bristol-Myers Co. and president of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical and Nutritional Group.

Over the years, Davidson has been a member of the Board of Directors of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association, Indiana Bell, Old National Bancorp, and Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts.

Davidson and his wife, Judy, have three children and seven grandchildren.

Mrs. Rita P. Eykamp Mrs. Rita P. Eykamp ('59)
Evansville, Indiana
At-large trustee from 1989 – 2013
Life trustee since 2013
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Mrs. Rita P. Eykamp is treasurer of Mid-States Rubber Products Inc., a family-owned business. Early in her career, she was an elementary school teacher.

From 1999-2002, Eykamp was chairman of the UE Board. Eykamp graduated from UE where she received a Bachelor of Science in education and went on to receive an MS from Indiana University. In 2002, she was recognized by the UE Alumni Association and given the Distinguished Alumna Award, and in 2009, she received the University Medal of Honor.

Mrs. Eykamp is a local patron of the arts and supports a variety of philanthropic endeavors. She is chairman of St. Mary’s Health Services and the Mayor’s Public Art Commission and a member of the board of St. Mary’s Health, the Signature School Foundation and the Evansville Philharmonic. Eykamp is also a member of the Indiana Academy and has received the Rotary Civic Award and the Governor’s Arts Award.

Mr. Donald W. Griffin Mr. Donald W. Griffin (H '56)
Wilton, Connecticut
Trustee since 1986
Life trustee since 2003
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Mr. Donald W. Griffin is retired president and chief executive officer of Olin Corporation. Griffin enjoyed a successful career at Olin in the field of marketing and international business development.

A native of Evansville, Indiana, Griffin received a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Evansville and completed the Graduate School for Sales and Marketing Managers at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York.

Rev. William Robb Kell Rev. William Robb Kell ('45)
Evansville, Indiana
Trustee since 1985
Life trustee since 1994
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A native of Princeton, Indiana, Rev. William Robb Kell, earned a Bachelor of Science from Evansville College in 1942. He studied at the Drew Theological Seminary where he received a BD. Kell participated in continuing education opportunities throughout his career as a pastor in the United Methodist Church. Rev. Kell served as assistant to the chaplain from 1991-2003.

Mr. Robert L. Koch II Mr. Robert L. Koch II (H '03)
Evansville, Indiana
Trustee since 1985
Life trustee since 2014
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Mr. Robert L. Koch II is the chairman of Koch Enterprises Inc. He is a registered professional engineer and holds seven U.S. patents. He graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a BSME and received an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. Koch has been an active participant on the University of Evansville Board of Trustees, and served as chairman of the Board from 1993-1996. Koch is past chairman of the Academic Affairs Committee and current chairman of the Investment Committee.

Koch is past lead director of Vectren Corporation in Evansville and past director of Fifth Third Bancorp in Cincinnati. He is a director of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and past chairman of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. He is also a director of the Koch Foundation. He has served on the boards of the Community Alliance Foundation, the Chamber of Commerce of Southwestern Indiana, the United Way of Southwestern Indiana, and the Vanderburgh Community Foundation for Southwestern Indiana. He is also president of the Signature School, the first charter high school in Indiana.

In 2003, Koch received the Samuel Orr UE Honorary Alumnus Award and in 1993 was given the Delta Sigma Pi Business Leader of the Year Award. Koch has received the Rotary Civic Award and an honorary doctoral degree from Vincennes University and Ivy Tech State College. He has been recognized as a Sagamore of the Wabash and the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Manufacturing in Indiana and was one of two inaugural inductees into the Evansville Business Hall of Fame. Koch is also a member of the Indiana Academy.

Mrs. Sharon R. McCarthy Mrs. Sharon R. McCarthy (H '04)
Evansville, Indiana
Trustee since 2003
Life trustee since 2010
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Mrs. Sharon R. McCarthy is chairman of Fendrich Industries. Prior to this position, she was employed as comptroller of the City of Evansville, executive director of St. Mary’s Medical Center Foundation, vice president of Union Federal Savings and Loan Association, and director of marketing for Welborn Baptist Hospital. She is a graduate of the College of William and Mary. She received the Samuel Orr Honorary Alumni Award in 2004 given by the UE Alumni Association. McCarthy has been an instructor in the UE Office of Adult Education and a board member of the UE Theatre Board.

McCarthy has served as chairman of the Institutional Advancement Committee and as a member of the Harlaxton, Academic Affairs, Athletics, Student Affairs, and Buildings and Grounds Committees.

McCarthy was active locally with the YWCA, Evansville Museum, Junior Achievement, Evansville Arts Council, the Reitz Home Preservation Society, and Habitat for Humanity.

Mrs. Patricia S. Mitsos Mrs. Patricia S. Mitsos ('60)
Evansville, Indiana
Trustee since 1995
Life trustee since 2005
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Mrs. Patricia S. Mitsos received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Evansville. During her career, she taught first and third grade.

Mitsos is involved in the Chi Omega Sorority and Tri Kappa. In addition, she has volunteered at The Literacy Center and the Reitz Home Museum.

Mr. John L. Newman Mr. John L. Newman
Evansville, Indiana
Trustee since 1991
Life trustee since 2000
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Mr. John L. Newman retired in 1988 from John L. Newman Co., Inc., a building materials company. He received a degree in Business Management from Indiana University.

Newman is involved in the Scottish Rite and was a director at National City Bank and St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation.

Mr. Ronald G. Reherman Mr. Ronald G. Reherman
Evansville, Indiana
Trustee since 1990
Life trustee since 2005
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Mr. Ronald G. Reherman began his career as a co-op student at Southern Indiana Gas and Electric Company in 1957 and rose through the ranks and was named President and Chief Executive Officer in 1992. He retired from the company in 2000.

Reherman graduated from the University of Evansville with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering. He received an MBA from Indiana State University and completed the Industrial Development Program at the University of Oklahoma and the Public Utility Executive Program at the University of Michigan.

Mr. Thomas M. Smythe Mr. Thomas M. Smythe
Evansville, Indiana
At-large trustee since 2004
Life Trustee since 2010
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Since the 1970s, Mr. Thomas M. Smythe has been employed by Keller Crescent, a privately owned, Indiana-based company headquartered in Evansville, Indiana. The company is a total marketing communications organization offering advertising and packaging services. In 1986, Smythe led a management buyout of Keller Crescent and assumed the position of CEO and chairman of the board. In June 2007, Keller Crescent was purchased by the Clondalkin Group and Smythe retired.

Smythe is a former student of the University of Evansville. On the UE Board, he is a member of the Institutional Advancement Committee and the Committee on Trustees.

Smythe is a member of the Board of Directors of the Welborn Foundation and Vision 2000.

Honorary Trustees

Ruth Bromm Ruth Bromm ('00)
Evansville, Indiana
Honorary trustee since 2011
Mr. Dale D. Campbell Mr. Dale D. Campbell
Evansville, Indiana
Honorary trustee since 2011
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Dale Campbell is a longtime friend of the University of Evansville and an Aces basketball supporter. The McLeansboro, Illinois, native was instrumental in recruiting Jerry Sloan to play basketball for UE, and he served as a mentor to Sloan during his college days. Sloan now holds the distinction of being the longest tenured coach in professional sports, and he recently retired after 23 seasons with the Utah Jazz. Campbell is retired from CSX & Seaboard Systems, and he holds an honorary degree from the University of Evansville, awarded in 1974.

Campbell recently accepted the Distinguished Ace Award for his service to the University, and Sloan returned to Evansville for the event. The legacy of Campbell and his wife, Mary, also continues through the Dale D. Campbell Scholarship and Mary Campbell Endowed Scholarship. In addition, the UE Men’s Basketball Practice Gym bears his name.

Mr. Melvin M. Peterson Mr. Melvin M. Peterson (‘H 91)
Evansville, Indiana
Honorary trustee since 1999
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Mr. Melvin M. Peterson retired from Chevron Oil Corporation, San Francisco, California, in 1972 where he was a financial advisor. A native of Omaha, Nebraska, he served four years in the United States Navy and earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of San Francisco, a Master of Arts in English literature from the California State University, and a Master of Arts in history from Indiana State University.

Peterson was president of the University of Evansville Samuel Johnson Society, Harlaxton Society, and Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1991, the UE Alumni Association recognized him with a Samuel Orr Honorary Alumnus. Through generous gifts to the University, he established the Melvin Peterson Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing and the Melvin Peterson Art Gallery.

Mr. Robert A. Plane Dr. Robert A. Plane (’48)
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Honorary trustee since 2011
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Evansville native Robert Plane graduated from Evansville College in 1948 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. He earned his master’s degree and PhD from the University of Chicago. In 1952, Plane became a chemistry instructor at Cornell University. In 1961, he was made a full professor, and in 1969, he was named provost.

In 1974, Plane became president of Clarkson University until 1985 when he returned to Cornell to head the New York Agricultural Research Center. From 1991 until 1995, he was president of Wells College. Since 1995, he and his wife, Mary, have lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Virginia Schroeder Virginia Schroeder ('97)
Evansville, Indiana
Honorary trustee since 2011