Shoulders reelected as IU Trustee



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Patrick A. Shoulders was reelected to a sixth term on the IU Board of Trustees.

IU alumni cast 5,734 votes for Shoulders in the June election for the Trustee position, according to an IU Newsroom press release.

Shoulders has a law degree from the IU McKinney School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from IU 
Bloomington.

Prior to his position on the Board of Trustees, he was the national chair of the IU Alumni Association in 2000.

He is also a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and is a partner with the law firm Ziemer, Stayman, Weitzel and Shoulders in Evansville, according to the press release.

Shoulders was originally appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2002 by then Governor Frank O’Bannon. He has been elected by alumni in 2005, 2008, 2011 and 2014.

“I am honored that our alumni have again chosen me to represent them,” Shoulders said in the press release. “Indiana University has a dedicated, highly accomplished board, and it is an honor to be part of it. I’m especially pleased that I will be on the board for the opening of the new medical education campus in downtown Evansville and for the celebration of the university’s 200th anniversary in 2020.”

Craig D. Wells was the runner-up to Shoulders with 3,013 votes, followed by Dennis Elliott with 1,521 votes, according to the press release.

“Trustee Shoulders has compiled a remarkable record of service and dedication to Indiana University,” IU President Michael A. McRobbie said. “His passion and loyalty have been invaluable as the university has strengthened its commitment to excellence and its growing value to the state of Indiana. I am delighted that he will continue to serve as the university’s bicentennial approaches.”

Three of the nine IU trustees are elected by alumni.

The other two alumni-elected trustees are Philip N. Eskew and MaryEllen Kiley Bishop.

The other six trustees, who are appointed by the governor, are Harry L. Gonso, Michael J. Mirro, W. Quinn Buckner, James T. Morris and Melanie S. Walker.

Zachary Arnold serves as the student trustee, according to the press release.

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