From fraternity ties with David Letterman to changing the political climate, James A. Andrew has been a leader during his time on the Ball State campus, throughout his career, and across the state.
Andrew began his career as a senior planner for the State of Indiana Division of Planning in 1971, and in 1972 with the Southern Indiana Administration of Funds to establish area planning commissions.
He is a licensed real estate broker member and has served on the Lafayette Savings Bank Board of Directors since 1978. He is the past president and member of the board of the Indiana Lumber & Builders Supply Association.
Andrew’s drive extends into the community as well. He served on the Tippecanoe County Council four terms and was a City of the Lafayette Board of Works member from 1996 to 2004. He continues to connect with his alma mater, serving the Ball State Alumni Council since 1993 as well as being a member of the Cardinal Varsity Club and the Ball State University Fellows Society. A former board member of the West Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and Greater Lafayette Community Development Corporation, he also served on the board of directors for the YMCA and Cary Home for Children.
The state presented Andrew with the Sagamore of the Wabash. He has also earned the State Lumber Association Certificate of Appreciation, Tippecanoe County Board of Commissioners Lafayette Jefferson High School Build the Future Vision Award, and the City of Lafayette Award of Appreciation. Within political campaigns, he has assisted in mayoral, state legislative, and congressional races, defeating longtime incumbents. He helped organize and conduct a fundraising campaign for Lafayette Jefferson High School’s Athletic and Performing Arts to construct new facilities, privately raising over $6 million and helped raise $7 million for the renovation of the Purdue University Sigma Chi Fraternity House.