Board of Trustees

Paving the Way Through Experience

As the governing board for the not-for-profit university, the Trine University Board of Trustees currently has 28 members who serve without compensation. *Designates Alumnus

Rick L. James, Board Chair
Rick L. James*
Board Chair 
Chairman/CEO
Metal Technologies Inc.
Auburn, Indiana
Elected 2010

Jack Shaw
Jack A. Shaw

Board Vice Chair 
President/CEO (ret.)
Hughes Electronics Corporation
Coldwater, Michigan
Elected 2010


Lynn Brooks
Lynn A. Brooks*
Board Secretary
President and CEO (ret.)
Rieke Packaging Systems
Auburn, Indiana
Elected 2007

Jerry Allen
Jerry L. Allen*
Chair Emeritus
President
Conduit Space Recovery Systems LLC
Sarasota, Florida
Elected 1995


James Bock
James D. Bock*
President/Owner (ret.)
Bock Engineering Co.
Elkhart, Indiana
Elected 2003

Keith Busse
Keith E. Busse
Chairman, Board of Directors
Steel Dynamics, Inc.
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Elected 2003


Jeanice Croy 
Jeanice Croy
President
Bowmar LLC
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Elected 2017

William Dubois
William D. Dubois*
Founder and President (ret.)
Senior Principal Engineer
Patriot Engineering and Environmental
Indianapolis, Indiana
Elected 2018


Michael Eikenberry
Michael J. Eikenberry 
Regional President (ret.)
PNC Bank
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Elected 2014

James Fabiani
James P. Fabiani 
Chairman and CEO
Fabiani & Company, LLC
McLean, Virginia
Elected 2001


Lawrence Franks
Lawrence A. Franks*
Chair Emeritus
Secretary/Treasurer
Burr Oak Tool, Inc.
Sturgis, Michigan 
1984-2002; Reelected 2004

Tomas Furth
Tomas Furth*
President
Sudamtex Holding
Caracas, Venezuela
Elected 1997


William Gettig
William A. Gettig*
Chair Emeritus
President and CEO (ret.)
Gettig Technologies, Inc.
Angola, Indiana
Elected 1984

Tim Haffner
Timothy J. Haffner
Partner
The Law Firm of Faegre Baker Daniels
Fort Wayne, Indiana 
Elected 2016


Rick Henvey
Rick Henvey
Chief Operating Officer
Parkview Health
Fort Wayne, Ind.
Elected 2017

Dennis Kruse
Dennis Kruse
Indiana State Senator
Auburn, Indiana
Elected 2010


Steve LaHood
Stephen R. LaHood*
President/Owner (ret.)
SVP Operations PartyLite
Sarasota, Florida
2004-2010; Reelected 2014

Richard Oeder
Richard L. Oeder*
Area Manager (ret.)
Columbia Gas of Ohio
Morrow, Ohio
Elected 1995


Derek Reiners
Derek S. Reiners
Senior Vice President,
CFO & Treasurer
ONEOK, Inc.
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Elected 2017

Larry Reiners
Larry E. Reiners*
Manager
ISTI Plant Services
Catoosa, Oklahoma
Elected 2009


Mitchel Rhoads
Mitchel E. Rhoads*
Chairman
Rhoads Holdings Ltd. Inc.
Longboat Key, Fla. 
Elected 2006

Elizabeth Rooney
Elizabeth F. Rooney
Product Marketing Manager
Google, Inc.
New York, New York
Elected 2014


Marlin Stutzman
Marlin A. Stutzman
Managing Partner
Osmium Holdings, LLC
Middlebury, Indiana
Elected 2018

Ralph Trine
Ralph D. Trine*
Chairman and CEO
Vestil Manufacturing Company
Angola, Indiana
Elected 1990


Sherry Trine
Sheri G. Trine
Director, Human Relations and Accounting
Vestil Manufacturing Company
Angola, Indiana
Elected 2007

Keith Turner
Keith M. Turner*
Co-founder (ret.)
Metal Technologies, Inc.
Auburn, Indiana 
Elected 2014


Theresa Wagler
Theresa E. Wagler
EVP and Chief Financial Officer
Steel Dynamics, Inc.
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Elected 2011

Wyatt Weaver
R. Wyatt Weaver Jr., M.D.
Parkview Physician's Group
Angola, Indiana
Elected 2004 


Trustees Emeriti
Dates denote years of Trustee service.

Jimmie Caldwell* (1976-2009)
Chair Emeritus
Indianapolis, Ind.

Louis  L. Holtz (2011-2017)
Orlando, Fla.

John W. Kirsch (1965-1975)
Sturgis, Mich.

John J. McKetta Jr.* (1957-2011)
Austin, Texas

John A. Pittman* (1997-2015)
Chair Emeritus
Austin, Texas

Gary L. Ray* (1990-2002)
Chair Emeritus
Medina, Ohio

Richard A. Rosenthal (1971-1977)
Niles, Mich.

Clifford D. Ryan* (2009-2018)
Naples, Fla.