University of Southern Indiana
Foundation Board
Orr Center
Foundation History: Supporting the University for over 40 years

The University of Southern Indiana Foundation was organized in 1968 as the official

Board Chairs

1969 / 1973

Joseph E. O'Daniel*

1973 / 1976

Albert A. Woll*

1976 / 1986

E. Donald Elliott*

1986 / 1987

R. Jack Brunton*

1987 / 1992

C. Wayne Worthington*

1992 / 1998

Ted C. Ziemer Jr.

1998 / 2000

Robert E. Griffin

2000 / 2002

John M. Dunn

2002 / 2003

Carolyn S. Georgette*

2003 / 2006

Ronald D. Romain '73

2006 / 2008

Thomas E. Topper*

2008 / 2010

Bix Branson

2010 / 2012

Kevin M. Eastridge

2012 / 2014

Bruce H. Baker


Marie A. Bussing

* Deceased

gift-receiving agency for the University. As an Indiana not-for-profit corporation, its principal functions were established to promote, receive, invest, and disburse charitable gifts for the benefit of the University.

The Foundation's organizing committee included Mayor Frank F. McDonald Sr., Joseph E. O'Daniel, John E. McCutchan, E. Donald Elliott, Kenneth Jack Hahn, Richard E. Meier, and Evansville campus officers, David L. Rice, Byron C. Wright, and Donald D. Bennett. These organizers received strong community support from industrialists Robert L. Koch and D. Mead Johnson, Indiana State University President Alan Rankin, and West Side business leaders H. Byron Hubbard, William J. Moutoux, and L. Bernard Powers.

Over the next 17 years, major accomplishments of the Foundation's Board of Directors included establishing the Century Club as the first gift club, spearheading a fund drive to provide needed books for the Library, attracting the school's first scholarships, and raising capital dollars to purchase spectator seating in the basketball arena and to furnish the University Center, and in 1982, building and furnishing the finest home for a university president in the State of Indiana.

The USI Foundation's total assets have grown from $609,594 in 1985 to over $93.8 million in 2013.


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