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Chair's Message

Dear Alumni, Donors and Friends,

I am delighted and humbled to serve as chair of the Indiana State University Foundation Board of Directors. Indiana State University has profoundly impacted my life.  As an ISU graduate with a degree in Economics, I appreciate the hands-on learning experiences, care from the professors and lifelong friendships forged that have made me who I am today. In my role as president of Terre Haute Savings Bank I am fortunate to witness the impact the University has on our community. Indiana State students, faculty, staff, and programs all serve significant roles in the Wabash Valley. Volunteering with the ISU Foundation board allows me to support the University and community in a meaningful way. 

Your Foundation Board of Directors believes in the transformational experience that an Indiana State education provides for our more than 13,000 students. It is inspiring to be involved with the Foundation as we get to see firsthand how philanthropy directly benefits our University and our students. That is why our Board members gave more than $400,000 last fiscal year to the funds and programs that mean the most to us, including The Fund for Indiana State annual campaign.  Our commitment to ensuring that the most essential needs of our University are taken care of has nearly doubled donor support for The Fund for Indiana State in a year. 

As we celebrate the ISU Sesquicentennial Era, honoring our past is important as we recognize the individuals, circumstances and opportunities that have built Indiana State University into the institution it is today.  With that legacy to build upon, we know our best years are ahead of us. The ISU Foundation is committed to progress and our board-driven strategic plan is rooted in a strong mission of inspiring others and securing resources for Indiana State’s growth and success. We are doing good work and are continually striving to support the aspirations of our students and University. We look forward to helping fund future needs for scholarships, programs and facilities as we always remain student-centered. 

Our “More to Blue” motto includes you. We each have the opportunity to ensure that Indiana State University is at the forefront in preparing future leaders for Indiana, our nation and internationally. I encourage you to become involved with the Indiana State University Foundation today. Whether your passion is for scholarships, programs, athletics, alumni support, or another area, your annual, meaningful investment in ISU provides students and faculty the resources needed to help them achieve their academic ambitions.  

Go State!

Bart Colwell, ’87
ISU Foundation Board of Directors