Former Congressman named to ISU Board of Trustees

November 7 2008

The newest member of the Indiana State University Board of Trustees already knows ISU as a student, instructor and administrator. He is also a former state lawmaker and Congressman.

Gov. Mitch Daniels has filled a vacancy on the nine-member board by naming Terre Haute native Ed Pease.

"I am very pleased with Gov. Daniels appointment of Ed Pease to the Board of Trustees of Indiana State University. Ed brings tremendous experience and perspective to the board, having seen ISU from the direct vantage point of student and senior administrator, life-long resident of the Wabash Valley, Indiana state legislator, and U. S. Congressman," said Trustee Mike Alley, president of the ISU board.

"I have known Ed personally many years and know first hand his deep love of Indiana State and his commitment to its success. I know his bright, innovative approach will contribute positively as ISU continues to grow and fulfill its mission," Alley said.

A senior vice president with Rolls Royce America, Pease was U.S. representative for the 7th District of Indiana from 1997-2001. He was vice president for university advancement at Indiana State from 1992-96 and was a state senator from 1980 to 1992. He has also served as general counsel at Indiana State and as an instructor in the English department.

"I am tremendously excited about returning to ISU," Pease said. "The role will be different from when I was last on campus, but being part of the university community again is something I look forward to. I am grateful for Gov. Daniels' confidence in me, am humbled by the opportunity to serve, and hope I can add to the energy and enthusiasm which is so evident at ISU today."

A 1969 graduate of Gerstmeyer High School in Terre Haute, Pease holds a bachelor's degree and a law degree from Indiana University and did post-graduate study at Indiana State.

Pease will succeed John Thyen of Jasper, who recently announced his resignation from the board.

"It has been a genuine pleasure working with John Thyen over the last several years. He has been a loyal supporter of ISU in so many ways through his active participation with athletics, the Alumni Association, the ISU Foundation, and most recently as a trustee," Alley said. "His steadfast support and willingness to share his keen business experience have been critical. We will certainly miss John, but wish him the best as he and Marilyn enjoy a much deserved retirement in Florida."

Media contact and writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Office of Communications & Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3743 or

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Gov. Mitch Daniels has filled a vacancy on the nine-member ISU Board of Trustees with the appointment of Ed Pease of Terre Haute. Pease is a former U.S. Congressman and state senator who has also served as an ISU administrator.

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