MaryEllen Bishop '82 Elected as Indiana University Trustee
Indiana University graduates elected MaryEllen Bishop, '82 of Carmel, Ind., to succeed Sue Talbot, who chose not to run for another term on the IU Board of Trustees.
Bishop, a graduate of the IU School of Law-Indianapolis and the Kelley School of Business, is an attorney with Cohen, Garelick & Glazier in Indianapolis and served as national chair of the IU Alumni Association in 2007-08.
Gary R. Roberts, dean of the law school, says, "MaryEllen Bishop's election to the board of trustees is a truly exciting development. MaryEllen is smart, experienced, accomplished, energetic, and passionate about Indiana University. Furthermore, with her bachelor's degree from IU Bloomington and her law degree from IU Indianapolis, as well as her service as the head of the IU Alumni Association, MaryEllen brings a broad perspective of the entire university that will enable her to help the trustees make all of IU a better place for education and research. Her election is wonderful news for all who love IU."
Bishop's involvement at IU also has included serving on the steering committee for the Colloquium for Women of IU, on the board of visitors for the IU School of Law-Indianapolis and as alumni representative on the IU Athletics Committee. Her husband, Michael, also is a graduate of the IU School of Law-Indianapolis, and her two children also are IU graduates.
She received 3,773 of the 14,444 total votes cast, finishing ahead of Kent E. Agness, a retired attorney from Indianapolis, who received 2,963 votes.
"Three years ago, serving as the national chair for the IU Alumni Association made me realize how much I love this university," Bishop said. "I am honored to be representing the alumni of this university, knowing the incredible things that the university is doing right now, and I'm thrilled to be a part of it.
"I would be very remiss if I didn't say thank you to Dr. Sue Talbot for everything that she's done for IU over so many years," Bishop added. "She left big shoes to ever try to fill on the board."
With Bishop's election, it is ensured that the IU Board of Trustees will continue to include a woman member for the next three years, in addition to student trustee Abbey R. Stemler of New Albany, Ind., who was appointed by Gov. Mitch Daniels last year.
This was the third year that alumni could vote online, and 12,889 ballots were cast in that manner. There were 1,555 valid paper ballots. Alumni had to return a postcard in order to receive a paper ballot. Due to a lack of signatures, 37 paper ballots were declared invalid and just two paper ballots or envelopes were voided for other reasons.
IU has nine trustees, three of whom are elected by alumni. The other two alumni trustees are Patrick A. Shoulders, Evansville, Ind., who was elected in 2005 and re-elected in 2008; and Philip N. Eskew Jr. of North Webster, Ind., who was elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2009. Shoulders, a 1978 graduate of IU School of Law - Indianapolis, will reach the end of his current term in 2011, and Eskew's term expires in 2012. The remaining trustees are appointed by the governor.