Physician, businessman join board

ANGOLA, Ind. – A Fort Wayne physician and Florida businessman who is an alumnus have been appointed to Trine University's Board of Trustees. The appointments were approved during a recent board meeting.

Alan W. McGee, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in surgery of the spine, has accepted the appointment. The other new board member is Stephen R. LaHood, a Trine alumnus who served on the board from 2006 to 2010. LaHood is a senior level executive with experience leading global supply chain operations in the direct selling, medical device, pharmaceutical, consumer products and technology sectors.

"Trine is privileged to have Dr. McGee and Mr. LaHood join our Board of Trustees," said Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., Trine president. "The expertise and industry knowledge they bring will be especially helpful as Trine develops new programs that reflect regional and national needs." Two such programs are the Doctor of Physical Therapy and the Master of Physician Assistant, both of which were recently announced.

McGee has privileges at many area hospitals, including Parkview Health facilities in Fort Wayne, Huntington and Kendallville; Lutheran and Dupont hospitals in Fort Wayne, Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Wayne and Cameron Memorial Hospital in Angola. He has board certification from the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Medical Association, North American Spine Society, Indiana Orthopaedic Society and Fort Wayne Medical Society.

LaHood's career includes leadership roles in companies across the country, including Party Lite, a home décor and candle products company, in Plymouth, Mass.; Solo Cup Co., manufacturer of disposable food containers, in Highland Park, Ill.; and Johnson & Johnson, maker of pharmaceutical, medical device and over the counter products, in New Brunswick, N.J.

LaHood is a Tri-State University alumnus and former member of the Alumni Board of Governors and the University Board of Trustees. He endeavors to help companies manage inventories, improve supply chain operations and enhance forecasting and communication between company units. Most recently, at Party Lite, LaHood implemented cost savings of $9 million during two years by improving efficiencies and developed a sales and operations planning process.

"Fellow board members and I are eager to begin working with Mr. LaHood and Dr. McGee, because they, too, are focused on maintaining the growth and momentum at Trine University," said Rick L. James, board chair and Trine alumnus. "These gentlemen have found success in their lives and careers and that will certainly translate to their work with the board."