Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch to speak at Trine Commencement

CrouchSuzanne Crouch, lieutenant governor of the State of Indiana, will give the Commencement address for Trine University’s 134th Commencement on Saturday, May 4.

The scheduled speaker, Barbara Pierce Bush, Humanitarian and Co-founder and Board Chair of Global Health Corps (GHC), was forced to cancel her planned Commencement address Thursday evening due to a family health emergency.

“I was so looking forward to spending time with you and your students and their families to celebrate,” Bush said in an email to the university. “I’m so disappointed I won’t be with you. Above all else, I hope you, your students and faculty have a joyous, wonderful weekend!”

Proud to have been born and raised in Evansville, Indiana, Crouch previously served as Indiana’s State Auditor from January 2014 through December 2016.

Before becoming auditor, she served as the state representative for House District 78, which encompasses parts of Vanderburgh and Warrick Counties. She was elected to the seat in 2005, and served as the vice chair of the Ways and Means Committee and on the Public Health Committee. She was honored to receive the 2012 Public Policy Award from the Arc of Indiana for her work with people with disabilities and was named Legislator of the Year in 2011 by the Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities.

Prior to serving in the House of Representatives, Crouch spent eight years as auditor of Vanderburgh County. During that time, her office received its first clean bill of health in decades from the State Board of Accounts. She then went on to serve as a Vanderburgh County Commissioner until joining the House. She presided as president of that body during her third year in office.

As lieutenant governor, Crouch oversees a portfolio that includes the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, Office of Defense Development, Office of Community and Rural Affairs, Office of Tourism Development. In addition, she also serves as chairman of the Indiana Counter Terrorism and Security Council, President of the Indiana Senate and chairman of the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Task Force.

She graduated from Mater Dei High School in Evansville. She then went on to receive her bachelor’s degree from Purdue University, majoring in Political Science, and four years later met her husband Larry Downs. Together they have a grown daughter, Courtney.

The Commencement ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in the Keith E. Busse/Steel Dynamics Inc. Athletic Recreation Center on Trine’s main campus.