Keith Krach, Metta Krach, and Sonny Beck

Keith Krach; his wife, Metta; and new trustee Lawrence “Sonny” Beck share a moment at a President’s Council event. Beck replaced Krach on the board following the July 19 meeting. Serving Purdue as a trustee has been one of the greatest privileges of my life,” Krach said.

Keith Krach, who served four years as chair of the Purdue University Board of Trustees, has reached a “difficult decision” to step down.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence named Purdue alumnus and donor Lawrence “Sonny” Beck to replace Krach on the board following the July 19 meeting.

“Serving Purdue as a trustee has been one of the greatest privileges of my life,” Krach said. “I will be forever grateful for the opportunity I have had to serve this great university and am profoundly proud of the work our board has done. It has been my honor.”

Before departing, Krach presided at the July meeting, where the trustees elected Thomas Spurgeon as chair and Michael Berghoff as vice chair during a reorganization meeting in July.

Spurgeon is an entrepreneur who has built companies throughout the United States. Most recently, he was president and CEO of Lincoln Office in Peoria, Ill., one of the country’s largest distributors of Steelcase furniture. He sold the company in 2001 and remained with Lincoln as a consultant. Spurgeon (BSIM ’61) has served on the Board of Trustees since 2005. Following military service, he earned an MBA from Indiana University.

Berghoff, of Indianapolis, is founder and president of the Lenex Steel Corp., which designs, fabricates and installs structural steel throughout the Midwest. Berghoff (BSIM ’85) was appointed to the Board of Trustees on July 11, 2009.

The trustees also elected the following:

  • Corporate secretary — Janice A. Indrutz.
  • Treasurer — Al Diaz, Purdue executive vice president for business and finance, treasurer.
  • Assistant treasurer and assistant secretary — James S. Almond, Purdue senior vice president for business services and assistant treasurer.
  • Legal counsel — Steven R. Schultz, Purdue legal counsel.
  • Assistant legal counsel — Tom Parent, a partner at the firm of Stuart & Branigin.

Pence also reappointed board trustee Don Thompson, president and CEO of McDonald’s. Kelsey Quin, a junior in the College of Health and Human Sciences, was named to the board as a student trustee.

As Purdue’s newest trustee, Beck is president of Beck’s Hybrids, the nation’s largest family-owned seed company, based in Atlanta, Ind. A prominent leader in the agriculture industry, he has been a member of Purdue’s Ag Advisory Council, Executive Council and Foundation Development Council, among others.

Beck graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1962 and a master’s in 1964. He also was recognized with an award for being the top male student at the University.

Board terms are three years.