INDIANAPOLIS – Governor Mike Pence today appointed members to the Ivy Tech Board of Trustees. Appointees will serve three-year terms, effective July 1, 2013.
“Leaders in their fields, the individuals named today to the Ivy Tech Board of Trustees have the experience and proven leadership necessary to further the success of Ivy Tech in the years ahead ,” said Governor Pence. “Under their guidance, Ivy Tech will undoubtedly continue to accelerate learning and provide an affordable and impactful learning environment for the nearly 200,000 Hoosier students on its campuses across the state.”
Dr. Michael Evans, of Indianapolis, has been appointed to the Board. Evans is Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of AIT Laboratories, which he founded in 1990. Since then, the Indianapolis-based reference laboratory, which specializes in pain management, forensics, clinical and pharmaceutical testing, has grown into a premiere testing and research institution recognized nationwide for superior customer service and quality in testing. Prior to his career as an entrepreneur, Evans served as tenured professor, director, faculty member, and researcher for institutions such as the Indiana University School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Illinois Institute of Technology, and the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He was also a visiting professor of toxicology for Kunming Medical College and the Sichuan Institute of Materia Medica, both located in China. Evans earned his doctorate in toxicology from Indiana University School of Medicine and held a postdoctoral fellowship with the National Toxicology Center at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.
President and Chief Executive Officer of Old National Bancorp. since 2004, Bob Jones will also join the Board. Prior to joining Old National, Jones, of Evansville, worked for 25 years at Cleveland-based KeyCorp., where he most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of McDonald Investments Inc. He serves on the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Board of Directors, where he is a member of it Executive Committee and chairs the Audit Committee. Active within his community, Jones serves on the boards of the University of Evansville, the Evansville Regional Business Council, Vectren Corporation, the Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana, Riley Children’s Hospital, and Youth Resources of Southwestern Indiana. Jones earned his undergraduate degree from Ashland University.
Larry Garatoni has been appointed to the Ivy Tech Board of Trustees. Garatoni, of South Bend, served in the Army Reserve attaining the rank of Captain. He began his career in 1964 when he and a partner built and operated a long term care facility. From 1969 to 1994, Garatoni founded and operated several companies under Health Quest Group. From 1994 to 2003, Garatoni served as CEO at several different software and internet sales companies. In 2007, Garatoni founded HQ Investments, which manages investments in public equities, private equities, hedge funds, venture capital and angel investing. The company also supports K-12 education-focused philanthropic activities and manages the Garatoni Family Foundation. Garatoni earned his undergraduate degree from Purdue University and completed the Owners/President Program of Harvard Business School.
Paula Hughes will serve on the Board of Trustees. Hughes, a consultant for both non-profit and private sector clients, also serves on the Board of Directors at Transmission & Fluid Equipment, Inc. With experience in local government, Hughes served as Second District Elected Representative on the Allen County Council from 2003 to 2010. She has held a variety of positions throughout her career including time spent as a commercial real estate broker, President of the Downtown Improvement District, Director of Development at Arts United, and Executive Director of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce. Hughes, of Fort Wayne, earned her undergraduate degree from Indiana University and her master’s degree from the University of Saint Francis.
Rush County resident Michael Dora has also been named to the Ivy Tech Board. Dora, who is retired, is the previous owner operator of Dora Enterprises, a grain and swine production company. Actively involved within his community, Dora has served as a member of the Area Planning Commission, a trustee on the Rush County School Board and an assistant wrestling coach at Rushville High School. Dora, an Elder at Center Christian Church, is a graduate of Purdue University.
President of Citation Homes, Steve Schreckengast, of Lafayette, has been reappointed to the Board.