2016 Old Masters


Dr. Phoebe Lydia Bailey

Dr. Phoebe Lydia Bailey received her Doctorate in English from Purdue University in 1979, a Masters of Science in Education from Purdue University in 1972, a Masters of Science in Educational Leadership from Georgia State University in 1998, and a Bachelor of Arts from Spelman College in 1966. Dr. Lydia Bailey spent much of her professional career in public education, serving as an English teacher and Assistant Principal. She was recognized by the Dekalb County school system as Teacher of the Year (1993-94) and by Spelman College with the Apple Award for outstanding work in Education (1994). A woman of many talents and a passion for community philanthropy, she served as Community Service Chair for the Fulton County Board of Health from 2004-2012, was a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Purdue University College of Education from 2005-2009, and was a Consultant/Corporate Coach for Vision in Action, USA, Inc from 2005-2008. She describes the context of her work as a life devoted to “a world where excellence in education is grounded in the joy of discovery.” After 7 years and 11 months serving as the National Director of Educational Foundations and Academic Innovations for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Dr. Phoebe Lydia Bailey retired on August 31, 2016.


William Bindley

Mr. William E. Bindley received his Bachelors of Science from Purdue University in January 1962, completed the Wholesale Management Program at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University in 1966, and then received a Doctor of Management from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue in May of 1977. Mr. Bindley is currently the Chairman of Bindley Capital Partners, LCC, a private equity and investment firm headquartered in Indianapolis. He founded and served as the Chairman of Priority Healthcare Corporation, a national provider of biopharmaceuticals and complex therapies for the treatment of chronic diseases. Prior to this, Mr. Bindley founded Bindley Western Industries, a pharmaceutical distributor and nuclear pharmacy provider that became a Fortune 200 Company. Bindley Western Industries merged with Cardinal Health in 2001 in a transaction that created the largest healthcare distributor in the world at the time. He is currently Chairman of Guardian Pharmacy, the third largest institutional pharmacy in the United States. In 2001, Mr. Bindley provided funding for the construction of the Bindley Bioscience Center located in Discovery Park, Purdue’s interdisciplinary research complex on its West Lafayette Complex. He is a former owner of the Indiana Pacers Professional Basketball Team and also served on the Board of Governors of the American Basketball Association.


Terry Cross

Mr. Terry Cross received his Masters of Science in Industrial Administration from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management in 1977 and his Bachelors of Science in Engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1970. Mr. Cross served the U.S. Coast Guard for 36 years and retired as a United States Coast Guard Vice Admiral, having served in all officer ranks from Ensign to Vice Admiral. He served as the 24th Vice Commandant of the United States Coast Guard from 2004-2006, the Coast Guard’s second in command, while also serving as the Agency Acquisition Executive. Prior to his Vice Commandant assignment, he served as Commander for the Pacific Area. After retiring from the U.S. Coast Guard, Mr. Cross went on to serve at EADS-North America for 5 years, first as Director of Homeland Security Programs and later as Vice President for Homeland Security Programs. Within the community, Mr. Terry Cross was a past Board Director of the Coast Guard Foundation and currently is Board Director on the Coast Guard Auxiliary Association Foundation Board.


Michael Klipsch

Mr. Michael Klipsch received his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management in 1985 from Purdue University, and graduated from Indiana University with his J.D. with honors in 1988. He began his career by working as a business lawyer at a large law firm for nearly 10 years. Following this, he held many roles with Klipsch Lanham Associates which was a holding company for a number of portfolio companies. Then, he was the President, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Counsel for Klipsch Group, Inc. (global loudspeaker and headphone manufacturer) for 20 years. Starting in 2016, he became the Co-Founder, President and CEO, of Klipsch-Card Athletic Facilities. He is responsible for the development, finance and operation of youth and adult sport facilities with the first being Grand Park Fieldhouse in Westfield, Indiana. Mr. Klipsch was appointed by the Governor to be a Trustee at Purdue University in 2015 and has received numerous domestic and international awards for products developed while at Klipsch. He volunteers with the American Cancer Society and has previously worked with Boy Scouts of America, Make-A-Wish America, Carmel Dad’s Club, and Crossroads Rehabilitation Center.


Peter Kraemer

Mr. Peter Kraemer received his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University in 1988 and an MBA from St. Louis University in 1990. Mr. Kraemer is a fifth generation brewmaster and has been at Anheuser-Busch InBev for 27 years. He began his career in Germany as a brewing apprentice at the Bitburg and Warstein Breweries and was named Brewmaster of the St. Louis Brewery in 1996 upon returning to Anheuser-Busch. He is currently the Chief Supply Officer of Anheuser-Busch InBev and oversees more than 150 breweries and facilities. Within the community, Mr. Kraemer has served as chairman of the American Malting and Barley Association and was instrumental in creating the FIRST Robotics Program in the St. Louis area. For the past 15 years, Mr. Kraemer has been an active member on the Purdue Industrial Advisory Council and now serves on the Executive Committee for the Industrial Advisory Council.

Charles E. Owubah

Dr. Charles Owubah

Dr. Charles E. Owubah received his Masters in Natural Resource Management and Policy in 1992 and his Doctorate in Natural Resource Management and Policy in 1999, both from Purdue University. Prior to attending Purdue University, he taught at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana. Currently, Dr. Owubah serves as the Vice President for the Evidence and Learning Unit of World Vision International. Through this role, he provides executive leadership for building World Vision International’s global capability to produce high quality evidence to demonstrate impact, enhance influence, and inspire a culture of learning. He is also responsible for developing and overseeing a global research, monitoring, and evaluation agenda that reflects World Vision International’s global priorities for learning and reporting to donors. He has received numerous honors from Purdue University and the Rockefeller Foundation, with the most recent award being the Distinguished Agriculture Alumnas Award from Purdue University in March of 2013.


Lesley Sarkesian

Ms. Lesley Sarkesian received her Bachelors of Arts in Communications from Purdue University in 1979 and her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in 1992. Ms. Sarkesian is an accomplished International Sales and Marketing Executive having served as Senior Vice President and Client Managing Director for Xerox, Director of World Wide Enterprise Sales at Dell, Managing Vice President of World Wide Sales for Gartner Inc, and Area Vice President of Global Accounts for Dun & Bradstreet. Pursuing an Entrepreneurial career, Ms. Sarkesian is the Founder and CEO of Sarkesian Ventures, LLC with Chaos Cocktails ®, her own national spirits brand started in 2011 that was later awarded a Triple Gold Medal at the Beverly Hills World Spirits Competition for brand, product quality, and design. She also currently serves as a Southwest Region Executive at Vistage International, the world’s leading CEO Advisory Board Organization. Within the community, Ms. Sarkesian currently serves on the American Diabetes Association Board in Austin, Texas.


Dr. Belinda Seto

Dr. Belinda Seto completed her Bachelor of Science at University of California, Davis California, in 1970 and went on to receive her Doctorate in Biochemistry from Purdue University in 1974. Following postdoctoral training at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, she joined the Food and Drug Administration where she conducted research in virology for nearly 10 years. Dr. Seto has served as the Deputy Director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and among her responsibilities of managing the Institute, she also launched major initiatives in imaging informatics. She has developed policies to foster strategic partnerships with stakeholders including industries, patient advocacy groups, and strongly promotes the development of technologies to achieve health equity in the under-served populations. Currently, she serves as the Deputy Director of the National Eye Institute, with the NEI Audacious goal of regenerating neurons and neural connections in the eye and visual system. She is also the Editorin-Chief of the American Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. Dr. Seto has received numerous awards for her research, including the Distinguished Alumni Award for Science from Purdue University

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Ellyn Shook

Ms. Ellyn Shook received her Bachelor of Science from Purdue University in Restaurant, Hotel, and Institutional Management in 1985. She is Accenture’s chief leadership and human resources officer, responsible for helping the 379,000 people of Accenture succeed both professionally and personally. Her global team of HR leaders and experts in re-imagining leadership and talent practices to create the most truly human work environment in the digital age, fueling Accenture’s differentiation in the market and ability to improve the way the world works and lives. A member of Accenture’s Global Management Committee and Investment Committee, Ellyn is a strong advocate for inclusion and diversity, and Accenture has been widely recognized externally as an employer of choice for its diversity efforts. Ellyn serves on the board of trustees at Harvey Mudd College, the Women’s Leadership Board of the Women and Public Policy program at Harvard’s Kennedy School, and the steering committee of the Paradigm for Parity. She is active in Women of America and Ellevate Women’s Network, and is also a member of the HR50 division of World50. A 2015 article in Forbes.com named Ellyn as one of the top 10 CHROs.


Dr. Jerry White

Dr. Jerry White received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington in 1959, his Masters of Science in Astronautics from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1964, and his Doctorate in Astronautics from Purdue University in 1970. He is an author, scientist, retired US Air Force Major General, President Emeritus and Board Chair Emeritus of The Navigators, an international Christian organization ministering to students, military, business, and professional persons in 105 countries. Dr. White spent 13 years on active duty with the Air Force and 24 years in Air Force Reserves, retiring from the Air Force Reserve in 1997 as Major General. Dr. White served as a mission controller at Cape Kennedy during the height of the American space program. He was an associate professor of astronautics at the Air Force Academy in Colorado for 6 years and co-authored a nationally recognized textbook in Astrodynamics. In two consecutive years, 1967 and 1968, Dr. White was awarded the George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedom Foundation. He was also awarded the Legion of Merit Medal in 1990 and the Defense Service Medal in 1997. In additional to his career accomplishments, Dr. White is a nationally competitive handball player, a licensed commercial pilot, and together with his wife, has written 13 books on work, ethics, and parenting.

Gephart, Jay

Jay Gephart

Jay Gephart is the 2016 Honorary Old Master. He received his Bachelor of Music Education with Distinction in 1983 and his Master of Music in Tuba Performance with High Distinction in 1988, both from Indiana University. He has previously been the Director of Bands for North Central High School, Director of Bands for Wheeling High School, and the Director of Bands and Coordinator of Instrumental Music for Hobart High School. His current title is Al G. Wright Chair for Purdue Bands and Orchestras. He serves as the Department Chair for the Purdue Bands and Orchestras, overseeing a 7 member faculty and 7 member staff. He is the director of the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band and the Purdue University Wind Ensemble. He also serves as the coordinator of the concert band program and from 1995-2006, he was the music director for the Purdue Symphony Orchestra.

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