The Alumni Association staff serves nearly 100,000 alumni by engaging them in the life of Indiana State University. Please contact any of the staff members below to find out more about how you can get involved in the life of ISU.

Rex Kendall

Executive Director
Phone Number: 812.514.8446
Rex joined the Foundation in October 2012 as the Director of the Alumni Association. Currently, as Executive Director, Rex is responsible for engaging alumni and friends in the life of Indiana State University. His previous work experience includes working in academic affairs, student affairs, Greek life and Housing/Residential Life in the higher education field. Most recently he worked in residential life at Indiana State. Rex earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Indiana State. Rex is proud to be a Sycamore and looks forward to meeting new alumni and friends of the University and engaging them in the life of Indiana State.


Hilary Duncan

Assistant Director
Phone Number: 812.514.8453
Hilary joined the Foundation team in 2010 and currently serves as the Assistant Director of the Indiana State University Alumni Association. In her role, she works to develop and maintain the communications and stewardship processes for the Alumni Association. Hilary is a 2010 graduate of Indiana State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in communications and a minor in marketing. She enjoys getting to know alumni and hearing their stories and memories of their Indiana State experience.



Ben Kappes

Assistant Director
Phone Number: 812.514.8496
Ben joined the Foundation team in October 2013 as the Assistant Director of the Alumni Association. In his position, he works directly with the Regional Alumni Associations to engage alumni in the life of the University. Ben also advises the Sycamore Ambassadors, the official student alumni group on campus. His work will increase awareness of the ISU Alumni Association among alumni and student communities. As a 2005 and 2007 alumnus, he is very passionate about Indiana State and enjoys meeting other alumni and hearing how ISU has impacted their lives. Ben’s wife, Christy (Rentschler) Kappes is also a graduate of Indiana State and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education in 2004.

John Newton

Emeritus Vice President of the Alumni Association
Phone Number: 812.514.8466
John Newton serves as the Emeritus Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Constituent Relations. His first memories of Indiana State date back to the ISTC Gym and watching Sycamore basketball greats Johnny Dow and Johnny Robbins lead fast breaks! A native of Terre Haute, he graduated from Wiley High School in 1965 and ISU in 1970 and 1980. John has been employed at ISU for more than 35 years. His work experience includes alumni affairs, public relations and development. He states he has worked with great mentors and has come to know literally thousands of ISU alumni, and has an overwhelming love and appreciation for our alma mater. His older daughter Anne is an ISU graduate with degrees in Political Science and Spanish and is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center. His younger daughter Katy attended ISU and is completing her degree in Indianapolis. His stepson Craig is a graduate of the ISU School of Business with both a BS and MBA. His brothers and sister, nieces and nephews, aunts, and uncles all attended ISU.


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