Thomas E. Spurgeon
Thomas E. Spurgeon is an entrepreneur who has built companies throughout the United States, He most recently served as president and CEO of Lincoln Office in Peoria, Illinois, one of the country's largest distributors of Steelcase furniture. He is now a consultant to the company, which he sold in 2001.
A Columbus, Indiana, native, Spurgeon graduated from the Purdue University Industrial Management program in 1961. Following military service, he earned an MBA degree from Indiana University and graduated from the Stanford University Executive Program.
This education provided the foundation for a variety of business opportunities, beginning with Cummins Engine Company. He developed his entrepreneurial interest while serving in two wholly owned subsidiaries of Cummins and his last position with the company was General Manager, Sales and Service, North America.
These experiences led to consecutive ownership and management of three companies, Gott Corp and COSCO, in addition to Lincoln Office. During his business career, he has served on four additional corporate boards and various community boards. Presently, he is on two corporate boards, he is a hospital Trustee, and a Trustee of Purdue University.
His service to Purdue includes membership on the Campaign for Purdue steering committee and Purdue Athletic Advisory Council. He also has served on the executive committee of the PAA Board of Directors and chaired its Strategic Planning Task Force. In addition, Spurgeon has served as president of the Peoria PAA club and chairman of the Central Illinois PAA. In 2002, he received the President's Council Distinguished Pinnacle Award and in October, 2008, he received the Purdue Alumni Citizenship Award.
Outside of Purdue, Spurgeon has served on the advisory board for the Indiana University School of Business and as an instructor at both Indiana University and Bradley University. He continues to be active with his fraternity, Phi Gamma Delta.
Spurgeon's generosity has resulted in two facilities on the Purdue campus bearing his name: the Tom Spurgeon Golf Training Center and the atrium in the Dauch Alumni Center that is the Spurgeon Hall of Spirit. He has also donated to Hanley Hall and the Mackey renovation project.