Purdue Board of Trustees elects officers
July 17, 2015
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University's Board of Trustees on Friday (July 17) elected Michael Berghoff as chairman and previous chair Thomas Spurgeon as vice chairman and welcomed its newest members to the board.
Berghoff of Indianapolis is founder and president of the Lenex Steel Corp., which designs, fabricates and installs structural steel throughout the Midwest. A 1985 graduate of Purdue with a bachelor's degree in industrial management, Berghoff has served as a trustee since 2009 and was the board’s vice chair since July 2013. While a Purdue student, he served as chairman of the Purdue Student Publishing Foundation and president of Theta Chi fraternity, and he also is a former president of the Purdue Theta Chi alumni corporation.
Spurgeon, who had served as board chair since July 2013, is an entrepreneur who has built companies throughout the United States. He was president and CEO of Lincoln Office in Peoria, Illinois, one of the country's largest distributors of Steelcase furniture. He sold the company in 2001 and remained with Lincoln as a consultant. Spurgeon, who has served on the Board of Trustees since 2005, received a bachelor's degree in industrial management from Purdue in 1961. Following military service, he earned an MBA from Indiana University.
Michael Klipsch, who was appointed to the board by Gov. Mike Pence in May, is president of business development and chief counsel for Klipsch Group Inc., where he manages the audio company’s global headphone business, strategic partnerships, manufacturing and legal affairs. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Purdue in industrial management in 1985 and also earned a law degree with honors from Indiana University. Prior to joining Klipsch Group, he was a partner with the law firm of Bingham Summers Welsh and Spilman (now Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP). Klipsch is actively involved in the community, volunteering in organizations such as the American Cancer Society, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Boy Scouts of America and Carmel Dad’s Club in Carmel, Indiana.
Cameron Mann was appointed to a two-year term as student trustee by Gov. Pence in May. Mann, who grew up on her family’s farm in Cloverdale, Indiana, is a junior double majoring in agricultural sales and marketing, and agricultural communication. She is involved in the Purdue Grand Prix Foundation, Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow and College of Agriculture Ag Week Task Force. Mann serves as president of the Collegiate Farm Bureau at Purdue and as a youth ambassador for the Indiana Pork Producers. In 2012 she was elected to a one-year term as president of the Indiana FFA Association and also is a Cargill Global Scholar.
The trustees also elected the following:
* Corporate secretary - Janice A. Indrutz.
* Treasurer – William Sullivan, Purdue treasurer and chief financial officer.
* Assistant treasurer and assistant secretary - James S. Almond, Purdue senior vice president and assistant treasurer.
* Legal counsel - Steven R. Schultz, Purdue legal counsel.