January 30 2007
"As the longest-serving member of our current board of trustees, Don has assisted the university in numerous ways throughout the years. The institution has frequently benefited from his expertise in business, finance and marketing," said Michael Alley, president of the ISU Board of Trustees.
Most recently, Smith has served on the advisory board for the university's new motorsports initiative.
"Don has been involved in racing for many years and has been an important resource for our faculty and staff who are working to develop our motorsports program. While we will miss his presence on the board, he's a neighbor, and I hope to be able to call upon his counsel in the future as we continue to grow ISU in ways I believe he will appreciate," said Lloyd W. Benjamin III, president of Indiana State.
"It has been a pleasure to serve with three presidents of ISU and many board members over the last 20 years. There are many faculty members and students that I can call friends. I hope that I have given a fraction of the knowledge that I learned during my tenure on the Board of Trustees. Receiving a doctorate was a highlight that I will always cherish," said Smith.
Smith, who was first appointed to the board in 1987, also has been an advocate of the university's expansion of its community outreach programs.
"All of us owe a deep debt of gratitude to Don and First Financial for their support of what's best for the community. ISU has benefited greatly by Don's personal and professional involvement in its development," said Benjamin.
Smith's replacement on the Board of Trustees will be appointed by the governor.
Contact and writer: Teresa Exline, university spokesperson, Indiana State University, (812) 237-7783 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Terre Haute businessman Donald E. Smith will be recognized for his nearly 20 years of service as a member of the Indiana State University Board of Trustees during the board's February 22-23 meeting, university officials announced today. Smith recently resigned his position after completing nearly five four-year terms.