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IU alumna Donna Spears elected to Board of Trustees


Donna Spears has been elected to the IU Board of Trustees. Spears received her associate degree, bachelor's degree and Master of Public Administration from IU. Buy Photos

IU alumni elected Donna Spears to the IU Board of Trustees. After votes were counted Saturday, Spears received 4,151 votes out of a total of 13,710 and defeated her opponents, including incumbent Phil Eskew, who finished second. 

The University alumni elect three of the nine members of the IU Board of Trustees, with the other six members being appointed by the governor of Indiana. Trustees serve three-year terms, except for the student trustee, who only serves for two years.

Before being elected to the Board of Trustees, Spears was a member of IU East's Board of Advisors. She was also the National Chair of the IU Alumni Association’s Board of Managers and a member of the IUAA Executive Council.

Spears said in a statement she was excited to begin working with the Board of Trustees.

“I’m honored to win the election and humbled by the outpouring of support I received from alumni," Spears said. "I look forward to working with my fellow board members, President McRobbie and IU leadership to carry out the mission of Indiana University. I will be a strong advocate for all students, faculty, staff and alumni -- wherever they may be."

President Michael McRobbie both thanked Phil Eskew for what he called his outstanding service to the board and also welcomed Spears as the newest member of the IU Board of Trustees. 

“On behalf of all of us at Indiana University, I want to offer congratulations to Donna B. Spears on her election as the next alumni representative on the IU Board of Trustees, and thank the thousands of IU graduates who cast their votes for this very important position," McRobbie said.

Full results of the election are:

Donna Spears                          4,151

Phil Eskew                                2,716

Jefferson Shreve                     1,971

Jay Asdell                                 1,730

Rob Forste                                1,108

Craig Wells                               1,049

Connor Caudill                         993

TOTAL                                       13,718

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