Gov. Holcomb Makes Appointments to Higher Education Boards and Commissions

(INDIANAPOLIS) — Governor Eric J. Holcomb today announced several new appointments and reappointments to various state higher education boards and commissions.

Ball State University Board of Trustees

The Governor made two new appointments to the board:

  • Rebeca Mena (Muncie), a junior majoring in chemistry and Spanish at Ball State University, will join as the student member of the board and will serve until June 30, 2021.
  • Henry O. Hall (Fort Wayne), president of Skytech Products Group, will join as an alumni member of the board and will serve until Dec. 31, 2022.

Indiana Commission for Higher Education

The Governor made one new appointment to the board:

  • Dr. Trent Engberts (Evansville), associate professor at the University of Southern Indiana, will join as the faculty member of the commission and will serve until June 30, 2021.

The Governor also made three reappointments to the board, who will serve until June 30, 2023:

  • Mike Alley (Indianapolis), chairman and owner of Patriot Investments, LLC, will continue his service on the commission.
  • Michael “Jud” Fisher (Muncie), president and COO of Ball Brothers Foundation, will continue his service on the commission.
  • Alfonso Vidal (Newburgh), president of Vidal Plastics, will continue his service on the commission.

Indiana State University Board of Trustees

The Governor made two new appointments to the board:

  • Casey J. Phillips (Greenfield), a junior majoring in supply chain management and marketing at Indiana State University, will join as the student member of the board and will serve until June 30, 2021.
  • Robert E. Casey, Jr. (Indianapolis), chief security officer with Eli Lilly & Company, will join as an alumni member of the board and will serve until June 30, 2023.

The Governor also made two reappointments to the board, who will serve until June 30, 2023:

  • Kathy Cabello (Indianapolis), owner of Cabello Associates, will continue her service on the board.
  • Kimberly O. Smith (Indianapolis), president and CEO of Indiana Farmers Mutual Insurance Company, will continue her service on the board.

Indiana University Board of Trustees

The Governor made one new appointment to the board:

  • Molly C. Connor (Columbus), a second year law student at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, will join as the student member of the board and will serve until June 30, 2021.

The Governor also made three reappointments to the board, who will serve until June 30, 2022:

  • William “Quinn” Buckner (Bloomington), vice president of communications for Pacers Sports & Entertainment, will continue his service on the board.
  • James T. Morris (Indianapolis), vice chairman of Pacers Sports & Entertainment, will continue his service on the board.
  • Melanie Hart Walker (Bloomington), CEO of TASUS Corporation, will continue her service on the board.

Ivy Tech University State Board of Trustees

The Governor made five reappointments to the board, who will serve until June 30, 2022:

  • Terry W. Anker (Carmel), chairman of The Anker Consulting Group, Inc., will continue his service on the board.
  • Michael Dora (Rushville), state director of rural development for the USDA, will continue his service on the board.
  • Larry Garatoni (Mishawaka), CEO of HQ Investments, will continue his service on the board.
  • Paula Hughes-Schuh (Fort Wayne), CEO of YWCA Northeast Indiana, will continue her service on the board.
  • Steve Schreckengast (Lafayette), president of Citation Homes, Inc., will continue his service on the board.

Purdue University Board of Trustees

The Governor made one new appointment to the board:

  • Noah M. Scott (Leesburg), a junior majoring in industrial engineering technology and organizational leadership at Purdue University, will join as the student member of the board and will serve until July 1, 2021.

The Governor also made two reappointments to the board, who will serve until July 1, 2022:

  • Lawrence “Sonny” Beck (Atlanta), CEO of Beck’s Superior Hybrids, Inc., will continue his service on the board.
  • Don Thompson (Chicago, Illinois), CEO of Cleveland Avenue, will continue his service on the board.

University of Southern Indiana Board of Trustees

The Governor made two new appointments to the board:

  • Josi Barscz (Huntington), a sophomore majoring in biochemistry at the University of Southern Indiana, will join as the student member of the board and will serve until June 30, 2021.
  • Christina Ryan (Newburgh), CEO of The Women’s Hospital, Deaconess Health System, Inc., will join the board and will serve until June 30, 2023.

The Governor also made one reappointment to the board, who will serve until June 30, 2023:

  • Jeffrey L. Knight (Evansville), executive vice president and chief legal counsel for Old National Bancorp, will continue his service on the board.
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