Robert Baesler, of Terre Haute, was appointed by the Indiana State University Alumni Association to serve a four-year term ending July 1, 2013. Baesler is president of Baesler's Market and serves on the board of directors of the Wabash Valley Crime Stoppers, Terre Haute Savings Bank, Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce and the Indiana Retail Grocers.
He earned is degree in business administration from Indiana State University in 1972. Baesler was the recipient of ISU's Distinguished Alumni award in the fall of 2008.
Baesler has given back to his community by donating food to Harmony Haven supporting the Spay-Neuter League, Terre Haute Boys/Girls Clubs, and the Boy Scouts of America. He has shown support for his alma mater as a Sycamore Athletic Booster, a member of the Vigo County Alumni chapter and supporter of Indiana State's Alpha Tau Omega chapter.
As a business owner, Baesler has encouraged numbers of young adults to pursue their education at Indiana State offering them financial reimbursement for grades as well as adjusting their work schedules so they could meet classroom obligations.