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 email message to email@example.com.
Chairman of the Board of Trustees
At-large trustee since 2005
Ms. Linda E. White retired as president and CEO of Deaconess Health System in 2017 and assumed the position as director of Deaconess Foundation. 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. White is 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.
At-large trustee since 2017
Mr. Randall K. Alsman is Vice President of Marketing, Sr. Portfolio Manager, and a member of the Board of Directors and Investment Policy Committee at Donaldson Capital Management. Prior to joining Donaldson, Alsman had an esteemed 35-year career in private industry. He graduated from Ball State University in 1973 with a Bachelors of Science in Accounting, and joined the audit staff of Price Waterhouse (now Price WaterhouseCoopers.)
Following Price Waterhouse, Alsman joined the finance staff at Mead Johnson Nutritionals, then a $2 billion wholly-owned subsidiary of Bristol-Myers in Evansville, Indiana. During more than 31 years with Mead Johnson and Bristol-Myers-Squibb, he was promoted through a number of positions of increasing responsibility in various domestic and international capacities including two years at Bristol's New York headquarters. In September, 2000, Alsman was made President of Mead Johnson U.S., also with responsibility for global Finance, Supply Chain, Human Resources, Research & Development, Information Technology, and Legal. In August of 2007, Alsman retired from Bristol-Myers Squibb in Princeton, New Jersey, as Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning and Managed Care for the $8 billion U.S. Pharmaceutical Group.
Alsman serves as President of the Evansville Redevelopment Commission, an organization committed to promoting growth and economic vitality of businesses in the greater Evansville area. Since 2012, Alsman has chaired the University of Evansville Board of Visitors.
Alumni-elected Trustee since 2016
Mr. Alphonso (Al) Baity is owner of Al Baity State Farm Insurance in Henderson, Kentucky, and has been a State Farm Agent since 1990. He graduated from the University of Evansville with a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice with a minor in psychology.
As a student, Baity was a member of the football team and was inducted into the UE Athletic Hall of Fame. He continues to be involved as a member of the UE Alumni Association as well as the African American Alumni Association. Baity is heavily involved in his community and serves on the Board for Habitat for Humanity and The Gathering Place. Baity serves as a coach of youth sports in Henderson County and is a life member of The Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.. In addition, he was recognized by State Farm Insurance as a Legion of Honor qualifier and an Ambassador for Life qualifier.
At-large trustee since 2009
Dr. Roger B. Beck is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois, where he taught 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 continues to serve on the Fiddick Lecture Series Advisory Board. In 2011, he received the University of Evansville Medal of Honor.
Trustee since 2017
Brigadier General Ondra Berry is the Senior Vice President of Organizational Culture and Employee Engagement at the MGM Resorts International, a global leader in hospitality with a portfolio of destination resort brands. In addition, he is Commander of Nevada Air National Guard responsible for formulating, developing and coordinating all policies, programs and plans affecting more than 1,100 personnel and the C-130 and MQ-1/9, and Distributed Common Ground Station weapons systems. Berry is an internationally recognized leader and author who for over 25 years has been a champion of diversity, organizational change and personal growth. He is a dynamic speaker who has motivated thousands in all 54 states, territories and District of Columbia, and internationally.
Prior to joining MGM Resorts, Berry was a consultant, co-founder and partner of Guardian Quest where he played a primary role in development of policy, strategy and procedures for nationwide diversity and inclusion implementation strategies for over 100,000 members of the U.S. National Guard, private and public organizations, and many non-profits. His efforts have been recognized with many awards and decorations from several services in the United States military. Berry received numerous awards and commendations throughout his 25 year career with the Reno Police including Department Officer of the Year, Air National Guard Airman of the Year, and the NAACP Community Award.
Berry earned a Bachelor of Art degree in Secondary Education and Teaching from the University of Evansville, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Nevada at Reno. He is a member of the Board of No Opportunity Wasted, a college preparatory program for first generation college students, and serves in several leadership positions with the Second Baptist Church of Reno, NV. Berry is married to Margo Berry, a graduate of Memorial High School in Evansville, and they are the proud parents of three children, Ondra Berry II, Dulcenea, and Zivy.
Des Moines, Iowa
At-large trustee since 2013
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 200 physicians and healthcare providers of 42 specialties located in Des Moines. The Clinic is one of Des Moines larger employers with over 800 employees. They have outreach facilities in nearly a dozen communities throughout the state.
Brown was instrumental in the in the formation of The Iowa Clinic. Since its initial inception, the group has been recognized regionally and nationally for its many achievements.
Prior to joining The Iowa Clinic, Brown has been a senior executive in the managed care industry for over 10 years, with positions at Humana, Inc., and CIGNA Health Plans.
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. He enjoys being active in national healthcare leadership activities and in public policy; he currently serves on numerous business, community and charitable boards. Brown is the past-chair of the American Medical Group Association. He is a Fellow of The American College of Healthcare executives with over 30 years of experience in executive and senior levels of healthcare management.
At-large trustee since 2013/Alumni-elected representative from 2010-2013
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.
At-large trustee since 1999
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.
At-large trustee since 1986
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.
At-Large trustee since 2017
Mr. Philip G. Eykamp is president and chief executive officer of Mid-States Rubber Products Inc. and chief executive officer of Mid-States Global, LLC in Princeton, Indiana. Mid-States is a manufacturer of specialized molded and extruded rubber and plastic products for the appliance, automotive, infrastructure and material handling industries, shipping to customers globally.
Eykamp serves on the boards of Lauren International, Indiana Chamber of Commerce, The Alliance Forum, and the Evansville Museum where he chairs the Science Committee.
Eykamp earned a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he studied mechanical engineering and earned a Bachelor of Science from Saint Louis University. In addition, he has studied at the American University in Paris.
At-large trustee since 1999
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 serves as a director of a number of local organizations including Old National Bancorp, Brake Supply Company, Inc., South Central Communications Corporation, and Community Natural Gas Company, Inc. He is also a director of Indiana-American Water Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Water Works Company, the largest publically traded water utility in the country.
Goebel is actively involved in the community and is currently vice president and treasurer of the Evansville Regional Business Committee, Inc., and a director of Southwest Indiana Business Leaders Roundtable on Early Childhood Development, and Hoosier Voices for I-69. In addition, Goebel is a member of the Indiana Academy and actively supports early childhood education in Evansville and serves as a member of the Southwest Indiana Business Roundtable on Early Childhood.
Student-elected Trustee since 2016
Ms. Abigail (Abbi) Hanson graduated from the University with a Bachelor of Science in sociology with a specialization in anthropology and minors in history and gender & women’s studies. During her time at UE, Hanson was heavily involved in the life of campus. She held leadership positions in her sorority, Chi Omega, as well as the Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society, Leadership Academy, and Admission Ambassadors. She was a career advocate in the Center for Career Development; an intern in the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations; and a student caller/supervisor in the Office of Annual Giving. In addition, she was a member of Circle K, the University Band/Jazz Band, and was chair of the Senior Class Gift Committee.
Hanson is a graduate student at Western Illinois University majoring in college student personnel where she has received an assistantship in the Vice President for Student Services Office.
Student-Elected Trustee Since 2015
A native of Evansville, Indiana, Ms. Mallory Hood graduated from the University of Evansville with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with minors in Business Administration and Spanish. She is a Spanish teacher at Castle High School in Newburgh, Indiana.
During her time on campus, Hood was a member of Alpha Omnicom Pi sorority, Orientation Leaders, co-captain of the cheer team, and vice president of the Student Government Association. In addition, Hood was a member of the Order of Omega and the Society for Social Research. According to Hood, through her UE Experience she has “developed a strong passion and interest in university affairs.”
At-large trustee since 2006 — United Methodist Representative
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. 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.
Prior to his membership on the UE Board of Trustees, Harkness was a member of the UE Board of Visitors.
At-large trustee since 2010
Mr. Paul W. Jones is a graduate of the University of Evansville with a degree in engineering. He is the retired Chairman and CEO 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 board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a trustee of the Wisconsin Nature Conservancy. In addition, he is a co-founder of the Milwaukee Water Council.
At-large trustee since 2004
Mr. Robert G. Jones is the chairman and chief executive officer of Old National Bancorp. 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 served 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 is a member of the Indiana Academy, was 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.
Alumni-elected Trustee since 2017
Mr. Doug Kanet graduated from the University of Evansville in with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a major in Marketing. He is the Director of Purchasing at Cresline Plastic Pipe Company.
In addition to being a graduate of UE, Kanet’s wife, Debbie graduated in 1981 with an Associate of Science degree in Nursing; their son, Zachariah graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science is Business Administration with a concentration in Global Business Marketing and a minor in Communication; and his daughter, Sarah graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Special Education.
During his time as a student, Kanet was a member of the Swim/Dive Team. From 2010 to 2017, he has served as a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. Kanet and his wife were members of UE’s Parents Council from 2009 to 2012, and they co-chaired the Parent Communication Committee.
Trustee since 2010 — President of the University of Evansville
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 addition of a new greenhouse. UE has also implemented an ambitious integrated marketing plan, deepened its commitment to international engagement, and developed the “UE Guarantee,” a set of five commitments to prospective students that includes graduation in four years. 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.
At-Large Trustee Since 2015
Mr. Kevin R. Koch is president and chief executive officer of Koch Enterprises, Inc. (KEI) located in Evansville, Indiana. KEI is a holding company that operates seven distinct businesses primarily serving the automotive industry and employs approximately 2,500 team members. Prior to being named president, Koch served in various capacities within the KEI family of companies beginning in 1999. These roles included president and chief executive officer of Brake Supply Company and several management positions at Gibbs Die Casting Corporation based in Henderson, Kentucky. Prior to joining KEI, he worked at Electronic Data Systems (now Hewlett-Packard), Ford Motor Company, and Westinghouse (now Siemens) in the areas of marketing, purchasing and engineering, respectively.
Koch currently serves on the for-profit company boards of Koch Enterprises and its subsidiaries and Jasper Engines and Transmissions.
Koch is an active member of the Evansville community and is a member of the board of the Koch Foundation and Koch Family Children’s Museum of Evansville. He has previously held board positions in Tri-State World Trade Network (past president), Catholic Foundation, and the University of Evansville Institute for Global Enterprise in Indiana. He is also involved with the United Way of Southwestern Indiana and a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO).
Koch earned a Bachelor of Science in metallurgical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University.
At-large trustee since 1995/Alumni-elected trustee from 1992-1995
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 has served as secretary of the Board of 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.
At-large trustee since 2010
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 recently sold the business and retired.
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.
At-large trustee since 2013
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.
At-large trustee since 1995
Now retired, Ms. Barbara J. Price was vice president of Health, Enviroment 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 Agency 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 Evasnville Medal of Honor.
At-large trustee since 2010
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 aged 3 years old through 6th 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.
At-large trustee since 2013
After more than 20 years of working with businesses, elected officials, and stakeholders, Ms. Sally G. Rideout established Rideout Public Affairs, Inc., 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. After leaving office, Rideout spent several years as vice president for Government Relations at the Chamber of Commerce of Southwestern Indiana where she 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 was the founding co-chair of the Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana where she continues to serve on the Executive Committee; a member of the Board of Directors of St. Mary’s Health; a member 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.
At-large trustee since 2002
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.
At-large trustee since 2007
Mr. Nick J. Rutigliano served as president and CEO of Tobias Insurance Group, a commercial insurance brokerage busines he founded from 1973 to 2012, prior to it being acquired by Assured Partners, L.L.C. Rutigliano recently retired as president of Assured Partners of Indiana, LLC. From 2006-2014, Rutigliano served on the Board of Directors of publicaly traded Calumet Specialty Products Partners, LP, (NASDAQ). He graduated from the University of Evansville with a bachelor’s degree in business/marketing.
At-large trustee since 1991 — United Methodist Representative
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, 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.
Kansas City, Missouri
At-large trustee since 1996
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.
At-large trustee since 2006
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.
Alumni-Elected Trustee Since 2015
Mr. Brent Sternberg has over 19 years of experience in the financial services industry. He is Executive Vice President, Wealth Advisory Group at German American Bancorp. He leads the Wealth Advisory Group and is actively involved in portfolio management. Previously, he served as the Director of Equities at Old National Wealth Management.
Sternberg earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Evansville. He also earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) designation, and is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Indianapolis.
Sternberg is actively involved in his community and serves as a member of the board of the Tri-County YMCA (past president), the Catholic Foundation of Southwestern Indiana, a member of the Finance Committee of St. Joseph Church in Jasper, Indiana, and is an emeritus board member of the Dubois County Community Foundation.
At-large trustee since 2015
Mr. Christopher S. Traylor is co-president of Traylor Bros., Inc., a family-owned corporation founded in 1946. For more than 70 years, TBI has delivered large, complex infrastructure and industrial projects to public and private agencies nationwide. The company’s array of services includes tunnels and other underground structures, bridges and highways, locks and dams, ports and wharfs, and industrial and power, as well as equipment support.
Traylor has been actively involved in the construction industry for more than 20 years. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of California-Berkley.
He is an active member of several industry organizations including the Construction Industry Round Table (CIRT), the Beavers, Inc., and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He is also a Moles Trustee and serves as the 2017-18 president, and was elected to the National Academy of Construction’s Class of 2017. He received ASCE’s prestigious 2016 Outstanding Projects and Leaders Lifetime Achievement Award at the OPAL Awards Ceremony in March, 2016.
Traylor serves on the board of the Construction Industry Ethics & Compliance Initiative (CIECI) and the Construction Industry Safety Initiative (CISI). Traylor Bros. is proud to be a founding member of CISI, a forum created by industry leaders to improve safety culture and best practices through collaboration with partners and clients, and CIECI, an association that promotes best practices committed to the highest level of ethics/conduct and compliance with the law.
In addition, Traylor is dedicated to bettering the community through his personal support and active participation in multiple charitable organizations, including the United Way and Habitat for Humanity. He is a board member of the Children’s Museum of Evansville and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (Indiana Chapter), and is past board president of the Evansville Day School. He previously served on the board of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra.
Trustee since 2016– Bishop of the State of Indiana
Bishop Julius C. Trimble is the United Methodist Bishop in the State of Indiana. Prior to this appointment, he was the bishop of the Iowa area for the past eight years. A native of Chicago, Trimble was ordained deacon and elder in the Northern Illinois Conference where he served two churches before transferring to the East Ohio Conference. He served churches in the Cleveland, Ohio, area and as District Superintendent of the Cleveland District. He received training in faith-based community organizing and served as president of the Westside Eastside Community Action Network in Cleveland, Ohio, a faith-based community organization addressing issues of safety, economic development, and public education.
A graduate of Illinois State University and Garrett-Evangelical Seminary, he received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Ashland Theological Seminary. A strong advocate for social justice and increased attention to ministries addressing mental health issues, he has promoted ministries related to domestic violence and the role of the faith community. Bishop Trimble is a board member of the Africa University, a United Methodist Institution established in 1992 in Zimbabwe, West Africa. Bishop Trimble chairs the United Methodist Church Global AIDS Fund Committee and continues to be active in immigration reform.
Student-elected trustee since 2017
Mr. Nathan Wallisch, a native of Newburgh, Indiana, came to UE as a National Merit Scholar Finalist. He graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Applied Mathematics. During his time at UE, he was a member of the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity, the Interfraternity Council, Admission Ambassadors, the Engineering Honor Society, Tau Delta Kappa, and as a commuter student, he was an Orientation Leader. Wallisch is very proud of the legacy he left at UE to provide information to future incoming commuter students. He also coordinated activities for College Mentors for Kids, was a Math Department Tutor, a Physics Lab assistant, and he was heavily involved with intramurals.
In addition, Wallisch had an internship at Ciholas, Inc., and Alcoa Warrick Operations where he was offered and accepted a position as Electrical Engineer.
At-large trustee since 2016
Joyce Washington received a Bachelor of Science, Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse from the University of Evansville in 1972 and later earned a Master of Public Administration from Indiana State University. Washington began her career in health care on the front lines as an emergency room nurse working in underserved communities. Later in her career, Washington worked to make hospitals more responsive to the needs of our communities, and to make hospitals more efficient.
Washington served over twenty years in the healthcare industry and is currently president and chief executive officer of The Washington Group, Ltd.; a specialty consulting firm with a primary focus on health care. Furthermore, Washington has directed strategic and tactical efforts for several world class health care organizations. Prior to establishing a consulting firm in 2001, Washington was vice president of Ambulatory Services at Advocate Healthcare and vice president and chief operating officer of Michael Reese Hospital.
As a public servant, Washington has worked to improve access to healthcare. She was appointed by Governors Ryan, Edgar, and Thompson to serve on the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board, a board created to anticipate and plan for the future healthcare needs of Illinois. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the DuSable Museum, Woodlawn Community Development Corporation, Museum of science and Industry Black Creativity Council, Chicago Economic Club, and the Chicago Network. In addition, she has volunteered at the United Way, the NAACP, and the Gilead Outreach and Referral Center, an organization that assists uninsured African-Americans in obtaining healthcare coverage.
New York, New York
At-large trustee since 2001
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.
At-large trustee since 2004
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 Harlaxton College.
Worthington 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, the Purple Aces Club and Friends of Art. 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.
At-large trustee from 1989 - 2011
Life trustee since 2011
Mr. Alan W. Braun is the retired chairman and president of Industrial Contractors, Inc. Industrial was listed in the Engineering News Record “Top 400 Contractors” from 1978 to 2011. In 2011, Industrial was purchased by Skanska in 2011. Braun became chairman emeritus of ICI Skanska. He retired from Skanska in 2017. 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.
Bethany Beach, Delaware
At large trustee from 1989 - 2007
Life trustee since 2007
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.
At-large trustee from 1984 - 2008
Life trustee since 2008
Mr. H. Lee Cooper III holds a Bachelor of Science in business from Miami University and an MBA from the University of California. He was recognized by the UE Alumni Association with the Samuel Orr Honorary Alumnus Award. Cooper was chairman of the UE Board of Trustees from 1990-93.
Prior to his retirement, Cooper was chairman, president, and CEO for CNB Bancshares, Inc. He has also served on the boards for various organizations including the Community Foundation Alliance, Deaconess Hospital, Koch Enterprises, Indiana Youth Institute, and Youth Resources of Southwestern Indiana.
Cooper received the Iota Sigma Chapter of the Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity award for Professionalism in Community and Commerce, two time recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash, Rotary Civic Award, and the Distinguished Leadership Award.
At-large trustee since 2002
Life trustee since 2017
Mr. John N. Daniel retired as president of from Fifth Third Bank Indiana (Southern). He had been employed by this banking entity since 1993 and has been a member of the banking community for more than 30 years.
Mr. Daniel is also active in the Evansville community as a member of various organizations including the Southwest Indiana Chamber of Commerce and the Signature School Board.
Daniel has a Bachelor of Science degree from Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, North Carolina, and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
At-large trustee from 1989 – 2013
Life trustee since 2013
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 and is a Life Trustee. 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 a member of the board of St. Mary’s Health, the Signature School Foundation and a life member of the Evansville Philharmonic and Evansville Museum Boards. Eykamp is also a member of the Indiana Academy, has received the Rotary Civic Award, Mayor’s Arts Award, Leadership Evansville Distinguished Leader Award, Boy Scouts of American Buffalo Trace Council Silver Beaver Award, and the Governor’s Arts Award, and the Indiana Historical Society Living Legends Award.
At-large trustee since 2009 – Alumni-elected trustee from 2002-2005
Life trustee since 2017
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.
Trustee since 1986
Life trustee since 2003
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.
Trustee since 1985
Life trustee since 2014
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 lead director of Vectren Corporation in Evansville and past director of Fifth Third Bancorp in Cincinnati. He is past 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. He is president of BridgeLink and serves on the board of CONEXUS.
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 by Governors O’Bannon, Daniellls, and Holcomb 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.
At-large trustee since 1995
Life trustee since 2017
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.
Trustee since 2003
Life trustee since 2010
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 was active locally with the YWCA, Evansville Museum, Junior Achievement, Evansville Arts Council, the Reitz Home Preservation Society, and Habitat for Humanity.
Trustee since 1995
Life trustee since 2005
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.
Trustee since 1991
Life trustee since 2000
At-large trustee since 2004
Life Trustee since 2010
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 Trustee since 2016
Dr. Robert L. Bowen is founder and chairman of Bowen Engineering Corporation, a multi-market company specializing in water and wastewater treatment plants and energy utility construction. Bowen earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Purdue University and completed the Harvard Business School’s Owner, President, Manager Program. He is a founder and instructor of the Associated General Contractors Project Management Institute. Early in his career, he worked as a project manager at W.M. Lyles Construction Company in California before returning to Indiana to start his own company.
Bowen and his wife generously support education and have built a legacy advancing education and the promotion of science. The Bowen Foundation was established to provide scholarships to minority students in Indianapolis to pursue a secondary education. Since the foundation’s inception, more than $2.0 million has been awarded to more than 700 students. The Bowens and former Purdue University President Martin Jischke founded Science Bound, a program designed to mentor student in the Indianapolis Public Schools to encourage them to pursue careers in science and technical fields. Participants of this program have an opportunity to earn a full-tuition scholarship to Purdue University. The Bowens also funded the Robert L. and Terry L. Bowen High-Scale Performance Civil Engineering Laboratory at Purdue which allows civil engineering to test structures like bridges and buildings while focusing on making construction materials more durable, safer, and earthquake resistant. In addition, the Bowens have provided financial resources for the Bowen Engineering Laboratories at the University of Evansville for use by the civil and mechanical engineering programs.
Bowen has received numerous commendations for his commitment to his community and the professional development of young people including the Big Brother Big Sisters of Central Indiana Sablosky Mentor Award, Outstanding Philanthropist Award by the Indiana Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering from Purdue University and Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration from the University of Evansville. He was inducted into the Indianapolis Public Schools Hall of Fame and recognized as a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Construction Engineers (ASCE) as well as the ASCE Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Construction.
Honorary Trustee since 2014
Mr. Keith Lochmueller is a founding partner of Lochmueller Group (formerly Bernardin Lochmueller & Associates) and serves as the Chairman of the Board and CEO. Previously, he served as President/CEO for over 25 years. He continues to take a hands-on approach to managing the firm, reviewing projects for progress and focusing attention on critical issues. Completion of work ahead of deadlines is mandatory. In addition to his leadership duties, he provides expertise in traffic engineering and land use and transportation planning.
Lochmueller is conversant in all aspects of transportation land use planning. He is familiar with the need for development concurrent with associated impacts on the natural and human environment, and can critically weighs issues of merit. Issues may be geological, historical, archaeological, ecological or public concern issues, each of which is discussed and adequately covered under his guidance. He constantly keeps abreast of new information in planning via communication with authorities in the field and participating in courses from FHWA, UMTA, and universities in environmental analysis, traffic modeling, highway and transit planning, and traffic.
In 1981, Lochmueller became interested in the concept of pavement asset management. In addition to working with INDOT to develop the first computerized inventory all of the state’s roads, he set out to develop a cost-effective system tailored to the specific needs of cities and counties that would help them make the most of taxpayer dollars.
Prior to founding Lochmueller Group, Lochmueller spent 6 years as the Executive Director of the Evansville Metropolitan Planning Organization. In this role, he was responsible for the 3C Transportation Process. Under his direction, a Transportation Plan was developed and approved. He was recognized by FHWA as an innovator in the Transportation System Management area.
Lochmueller also spent 14 years in responsible planning positions with the Evansville-Vanderburgh County Area Plan Commission and the Southwestern Indiana Regional Council of Governments, as well as serving as the Chief Transportation Planner for the Southwestern Indiana Regional Council of Governments.
Honorary trustee since 2017
Mr. Kenneth Maikranz earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Evansville in 1970. He owns and operates Colonial Assisted Living in Vincennes, Indiana, and Henderson, Kentucky. He’s a longtime member of the Purple Aces Club and President’s Club and was a top donor to the UEnvision Capital Campaign. The walkway located on the west side of the Fifth Third Practice Facility is named “Maikranz Family Walkway,” and the Armory is named the “Maikranz Family Indoor Facility” in recognition of the various generous contributions made by the Maikranz Family.
Honorary trustee since 1999
Dr. 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; in 2014, he was awarded honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters. Through generous gifts to the University, he established the Melvin Peterson Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing and the Melvin Peterson Art Gallery.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Honorary trustee since 2011
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 1954, Plane co-authored, Chemistry, the most successful chemistry textbook ever written. 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.
Honorary trustee since 2011