Mr. Alphonso (Al) Baity ‘85
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. Read more...
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.
Mr. C. Edward Brown ‘80
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. Read more...
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.
University of Evansville
Physician Assistant Program Administrator/Admissions
Billie Chandler began her career at the University of Evansville in April 2016, after working ten years at the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation.
During her time at UE, she has participated in many events including the accreditation of the program, selection and screening of the prospective student application process, planning and scheduling PA interview days, planning the white coat ceremony. In addition, she will be involved with the relocation to the downtown medical facility, and she is involved with the day-to-day operations of the program including maintaining the budget, purchasing, and the scheduling of classes and special events. Read more...
In the Eykamp Center for Teaching Excellence, Chandler has coordinated several meetings and events for the last three cohorts of new faculty including weekly professional development meetings, new faculty orientation, midterm interviews about teaching in the fall and spring, various team building/social events, faculty conferences, coordinating faculty mentors for new faculty and a campus wide book study.
In addition to being a University of Evansville employee, Chandler is the proud parent of a UE student.
Dr. David Dwyer
University of Evansville
Professor of Mathematics
Dr. Dave Dwyer is Professor and Chair of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Evansville. He recently completed his 11th year of service as chair and his 27th year as a member of the faculty. He received both his bachelor’s and his PhD degrees in mathematics from Purdue University. Read more...
Dwyer is a recipient of the Dean’s Teaching Award, the Alumni Association’s Outstanding Teacher Award, and the Berger Award for Scholarship. He has taught all but one of the courses offered by the Mathematics Department, has sponsored three undergraduate research projects, and has developed two academic programs (actuarial science and predoctoral mathematics). Under his leadership, the department was recently awarded more than $200,000 to develop a program in Data and Statistical Sciences through an Innovation and Retention grant.
Dwyer has chaired or co-chaired numerous university committees, including Tenure and Promotion, Academic Services, Academic Technology Advisory Committee, the Joint Enrollment Committee, the SVPAA Search Committee, and the Academic Prioritization Committee. In conjunction with his committee work, Dave developed a revenue/enrollment model, a system for determining merit-based financial aid awards, and a model for determining the impact of the discontinuation of post-retirement health care. Most recently, he has organized and is leading a group called Enrollment Moonshot with the stated goal of achieving sustainable enrollment of 600 domestic freshmen by the end of the decade.
Dwyer is the coauthor (with Mark Gruenwald) of a series of precalculus textbooks. He and Mark have received $750,000 in grants from the NSF for their project Resequencing Calculus which entails the development of an innovative calculus sequence, writing a calculus textbook and developing ancillaries to support the sequence, piloting the sequence at multiple institutions, assessing the effectiveness of the sequence, and disseminating project information to the broader mathematical community.
Dave is a passionate advocate for the University of Evansville, protective of both its mission and its culture, and convinced of its viability and enduring value.
Mrs. Rita P. Eykamp ’59
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. Read more...
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.
Dr. Daniel Gahan
University of Evansville
Professor of History
Dr. Daniel Gahan is from Ireland and joined the UE History Department in 1986. He teaches courses in eighteenth and nineteenth-century European and American history. In addition, he has been director of the University’s Honors Program, chair of the History Department, and chair of the Faculty Senate. Prior to joining the UE faculty, Gahan worked at the University of Kansas and Benedictine College. Read more...
Gahan is an award-winning scholar and teacher. His specialty is Ireland in this period, and he is particularly focused on agrarian history. A highly published author, Gahan has written two books, Rebellion: Ireland in 1798, and The Peoples Rising: Wexford 1798, as well as numerous articles and reviews. In addition, he has delivered a number of papers and talks within the academic community.
Gahan earned his Bachelor’s degree with 1st class honors from the National University of Ireland-Maynooth, a Master of Arts degree from Loyola University of Chicago; and Ph.D. from the University of Kansas.
Mr. M. Stephen Harkness ’70 H’06
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. Read more...
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.
Mr. Kevin R. Koch
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. Read more...
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 Center for Innovation and Change. 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.
Mr. Jacob Lutz ‘18
University of Evansville
Student Government President and Student
A Madisonville, Kentucky native, Mr. Jacob Lutz, is a senior Multimedia Communication major and Business Administration minor at the University of Evansville. During his time at UE, Lutz has served as vice president of Sigma Phi Epsilon, executive producer of Aces Media Group, and digital content director at 91.5 WUEV, the University’s radio station. Read more...
He is highly involved in production for The Missouri Valley Conference on ESPN3 where he has served in various student leadership roles. Lutz recently completed an internship with UE’s Center for Student Engagement where he focused on the creation of programs to help streamline and boost student involvement in campus organizations. He currently serves as president of Student Government where he is working to improve the campus community through various initiatives including the creation of a new student-led program to help improve enrollment and retention. As a senior undergraduate, Lutz's primary focus is leaving a legacy at the University of Evansville that will have a positive impact for years to come.
Dr. Wesley Milner
University of Evansville
Executive Director of International Programs/Professor of Political Science & International Studies
Dr. Wesley Milner is currently the Executive Director of International Programs at UE. As the chief international officer, Milner works with UE faculty and the broader campus community to fulfill the goal of providing a global education for every student. Previously, he served as Director of the International Studies Program, Igleheart Endowed Chair in Political Science and Chair of the Department of Law, Politics and Society. Born and raised in Texas, Milner obtained his undergraduate degree in economics and German from the University of Texas, a master’s from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University and a PhD in political science from the University of North Texas. Read more...
Milner’s international experience includes serving as a visiting professor twice at both Harlaxton College in England and Tokoha University in Japan as well as research travel in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Eastern/Southern Africa. He was also a visiting professor with Semester at Sea, circumnavigating the globe in four months. Further, he has had the pleasure of traveling with UE students on short-term study abroad programs to Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. Favorite memories include playing elephant polo in India, celebrating Carnival in Brazil, hiking in Kenya and chipping apart the Berlin wall at the end of the Cold War. Milner’s career began in Washington, DC where he spent several years as a researcher for a government contractor, working closely with a number of security and intelligence agencies.
As a professor, his primary teaching role has focused on international relations courses such as International Law, U.S. Foreign Policy, Human Rights, Politics of the Global Economy, and Global Environmental Policy. His scholarship, which integrates globalization and broadly defined aspects of human rights, has appeared in Human Rights Quarterly, the Journal of Private Enterprise, Sociological Quarterly, International Studies and a number of edited books. Recently, his research has centered on displaced and refugee students as UE has been named the top university in the country for attracting and supporting young Syrian scholars.
Dr. Melvin M. Peterson H‘91 & ‘14
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. Read more...
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.
Ms. Barbara J. Price ’66
At-large trustee since 1995
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 Agency Common Sense Initiative Council. She was a member the American Institute for Chemical Engineers and the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Read more...
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.
Ms. Sally G. Rideout ‘91
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. Read more...
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.
Mr. John C. Schroeder H ‘00
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. Read more...
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.
Dr. Mark Valenzuela
University of Evansville
Associate Professor of Civil Engineering
Dr. Mark Valenzuela is an associate professor of civil engineering at the University of Evansville and is a registered professional engineer in the State of Indiana. He is the faculty advisor for the ACES Concrete Canoe and Chi Epsilon, the National Civil Engineering Honor Society. In 2003 and in 2013 he received the Outstanding Teacher Award presented by the Alumni Association of the University of Evansville, the only faculty member to ever win the award twice. In 2015, he was the first recipient of the Eykamp Prize in acknowledgement of his dedicated service to the University. His PhD and MS degrees are from Cornell University and his undergraduate degree in civil and environmental engineering is from Vanderbilt University. He is the secretary for the Southwest Branch of the Indiana Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers and is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education and the American Concrete Institute. Read more...
Among Valenzuela’s passions is education abroad and Harlaxton College. He is vice chair of the Harlaxton Society Board, was on the search committee for the current principal of Harlaxton, has taught at Harlaxton twice, has conducted summer research at Harlaxton involving undergraduate students, and has published in the Huguenot Society Journal based on his genealogical and heraldic research of the family that owned Harlaxton Manor. He is a fellow of the Huguenot Society of Great Britain and Ireland. With Dr. Holly Carter, the director of education abroad and Harlaxton, he has led a team of students to work in Nicaragua to build a house from the Global Village program of Habitat for Humanity and they plan to take another team to Guatemala. As a result of his time in the United Kingdom, he has learned to play the bagpipes and has piped at University ceremonies.
Valenzuela has served on numerous committees as a member, chair, or co-chair, including curriculum, general education, faculty professional affairs, promotion and tenure, fiscal affairs, assessment, and the ceremonies committee in his capacity as Grand Marshal of the University. He has served as Ombudsman for the faculty four times. He was on the strategic planning committee for the last plan, Transforming Tomorrow. He served on the Academic Programs Prioritization Committee and chaired the HLC Reaffirmation of Accreditation Steering Committee for the 2016 visit.
In addition to his duties as a faculty member, he is the Director of Accreditation and Assessment and volunteers as a Peer Reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission.
Vice Principal and Lecturer in Marketing
Professor Ian Welsh earned an MBA from the Nottingham Business School. He has taught a popular introductory course in marketing for the last 14 years. His academic interests include the development and effects of consumerism in higher education, service marketing in general, and Britain's political relationship with Europe. In addition, he serves as the College's Vice Principal, a varied and interesting role which keeps him busy! Read more...
Welsh served as Chairman (2012-2015) of the Association of American Study Abroad Programmes in the United Kingdom and remains on its Executive Committee. AASAP/UK was established in 1991 to represent the 120 or so American study abroad programmes in the UK. It provides a forum for programme directors and administrative staff to discuss and respond to common issues, in order to meet the needs of the present and anticipate the demands of the future for US study abroad in the UK.
Before Harlaxton College, Welsh began his career in data processing management at a large London based group of Builders Merchants, at a time when computers were only just being introduced into the mainstream business arena. This was an exciting time to be 'in computing' and he has maintained a passion for technology ever since. He continued to develop his career and, via sojourns in operational and financial management, progressed to the financial directorship of a Midlands based retail group.
Ms. Linda E. White ’76 MBA‘83
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. Read more...
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.
Mr. Steven W. Worthington ’73
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 the University’s British Campus, Harlaxton College. Read more...
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.