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Trine trustees inducted
Indiana Academy awards lifetime contributions
Two Trine University trustees will be inducted into The Indiana Academy at its annual dinner and symposium on Monday, June 1 in Indianapolis. Dr. Ralph Trine, board secretary, and Dr. Keith Busse are among the honorees in this 39th year of academy induction. They will be recognized by the Independent Colleges of Indiana for their lifetime of achievement and contributions to the cultural, scientific, literary, civic, religious, and educational development of Indiana.
Dr. Ralph Trine Dr. Keith Busse
Dr. Trine, of Angola, is chairman and CEO of Vestil Manufacturing Corp., a specialist in automotive and material handling equipment, equipment for physically disabled children, and ergonomic solutions, with plants in northeast Indiana and China. He has been an ardent supporter and board member of Trine University, donating the T. Furth Center for Performing Arts and making numerous other significant contributions. A nature and animal lover, he and his family donated the former Oakhill Conference and Retreat Center to Pokagon State Park and the state of Indiana for use as the Trine State Recreation Area.
Dr. Busse, of Fort Wayne, is founder, chairman and CEO of Steel Dynamics Inc., named Fortune magazine’s 2008 Most Admired Company. He serves on the boards for University of Saint Francis and Trine University, and on the athletic board of directors for Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. He has received numerous awards from the iron and steel industries, including Steel Man of the Year and Steel Maker of the Year. The Leukemia Society of America named him Man of the Year, and the National Association of Builders and Contractors selected him as Man of the Year for Free Enterprise.
Modeled after The French Academy, The Indiana Academy was established in 1970 by the Independent Colleges of Indiana to further the development of public service, higher education, the arts and sciences, literature, and the general culture of the state through the recognition of individual leadership, achievement, and philanthropy designed to promote these ends.Independent Colleges of Indiana Inc. is a nonprofit corporation representing the state’s 31 nonprofit, accredited, undergraduate degree-granting institutions of higher education.