Thomas E. Spurgeon
Thomas E. Spurgeon was elected by the Purdue Alumni Association in 2005 to serve as one of three alumni trustees. He is currently chairman of the Board, having been elected by his fellow trustees in 2013 to succeed Keith J. Krach. Spurgeon is an entrepreneur who built companies throughout the United States and 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.
Spurgeon is a native of Columbus, Indiana and graduated from the Purdue University Industrial Management program in 1961. Following military service, he earned an MBA from Indiana University and also 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 Corporation, COSCO, and Lincoln Office.
During his career, Spurgeon has served on various corporate and community boards. Presently, he also serves on two corporate boards and is a trustee for Methodist Hospital in Peoria, Illinois. He has also served on the Board of Trustees of Bradley University, the advisory board for the Indiana University School of Business, and has been an instructor at both Indiana University and Bradley University. Spurgeon continues to be active with his fraternity, Phi Gamma Delta, as well.
His service to Purdue includes membership on the Campaign for Purdue steering committee and Purdue Athletic Advisory Council. He also served on the executive committee of the Purdue Alumni Association Board of Directors and chaired its Strategic Planning Task Force. In addition, Spurgeon 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.
In addition to donating for the construction of Hanley Hall, Spurgeon's generosity has resulted in three facilities on the Purdue campus bearing his name -- the Tom Spurgeon Golf Training Center, the Spurgeon Hall of Spirit in the Dauch Alumni Center, and the Spurgeon Club at Mackey Arena.