2009 Award of Distinction

BS Accounting, 1977; AA Economics, 1977

Current Position: President of Duke Energy Indiana

Previous Employment: Vice president field operations, Midwest (2006); vice president for T&D Construction and Maintenance (1998 to 2006); general manager of T&D Projects (1996 to 1998); several other management positions (1983 to 1996), all positions were with Public Service Indiana, PSI Energy, and Cinergy, which are all predecessor companies to Duke Energy

Affiliations: Indiana Legal Foundation Board of Directors; Indiana Utility Shareholders Association Board of Directors; YMCA of Greater Indianapolis Board of Directors; Indiana Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; United Way of Central Indiana Board of Directors; Special Olympics Indiana Board of Directors; Indiana Manufacturers Association Board of Directors; Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; Central Indiana Corporate Partnership Board of Directors; Indiana Energy Association Board of Directors

Thoughts on Ball State: "Like most graduates, I look back on my campus experience as a time of growing accountability and exposure to new things or, putting it in 1977 terms, I was on my own and had to take care of myself for the first time! Being the first in my family to attend a university, both my parents and I looked at [my Ball State degree] as my ticket to a better life than my parents enjoyed. I remember fondly that my senior year at Ball State was the start of my lifetime partnership with my wife. In fact, we like to say that we were married and 36 hours later began honeymooning on campus at the Scheidler apartment complex. I would be remiss if I did not mention that I benefitted from and have great memories of participating in collegiate athletics by earning three letters in the Cardinal baseball program."