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Pease to lead Indiana State’s Board of Trustees

August 16, 2018

Ed Pease will lead his first meeting of the Indiana State University Board of Trustees Thursday and Friday (Aug. 16-17) when the board gathers for its annual retreat.

Pease, who is board president for the 2018-19 term, was initially appointed to Indiana State's Board of Trustees in 2008 by then-Gov. Mitch Daniels. Pease previously served as the board's vice chair 2015-2018.

"Clearly the university has shown tremendous success, and building on that success is important to me and to the board. It was in the forefront of our minds during the presidential search and is clearly on our minds as we prepare for the academic year," Pease said. "As long as I've been a member of the board, there has been a collaborative vision for what the university should be, not just among the members of the board, but across the campus, and I will continue our tradition of shared governance and collaborative leadership. It has served us well."

Pease served as U.S. Representative for the 7th District of Indiana from 1997 to 2001. He was also vice president for University Advancement at Indiana State 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.

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

Having served as a board member and officer, Pease knows his fellow board members well - and how they want to do everything they can to advance the university.

"I love Indiana State," Pease said. "What was an avocation for me became my vocation, and I developed a better understanding of the university's mission. The more involved I got in the university, the more I realized that we are doing so much better than a lot of the state realized, as a university that is student-focused with a strong sense of helping students who may or may not have had chance to succeed before. Now as a trustee, I see that others are beginning to realize, too, what a tremendous place this is. It's exciting to see, and it's an exciting time to be part of ISU."

One of the board's initial priorities under Pease's leadership will be to have a conversation with President Deborah Curtis about her first seven months at State and how the board can best support her going forward.

Pease is transitioning out of his post as senior vice president with Rolls-Royce North America in August and will be a consultant for the company. The change will allow him to return from Washington, D.C., to living full-time in Terre Haute again.

"I want to be as helpful, supportive and visible as President Curtis wants me to be without being intrusive," Pease said. "The last 10 years have been exciting for the university. We, as a board, have asked a lot of the faculty, staff and students, and we want to show that we are willing to do more ourselves. I think that our visibility and accessibility is part of that."

In addition to Pease, other officers on the board of trustees for the 2018-19 academic year are Jeff Taylor of Carmel as vice chair, Kathleen Cabello of Indianapolis as secretary and Kim Oliphant Smith of Indianapolis as assistant secretary.


Photo: -- Ed Pease

Writer: Betsy Simon, media relations assistant director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-7972 or