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Donna B. Spears

Alumni elect Spears to IU Board of Trustees

Indiana University alumni have elected Donna B. Spears of Richmond, Indiana, to her first term on the IU Board of Trustees. Read the press release »

About The Election

Indiana University alumni have the important privilege of electing three of the nine members of the IU Board of Trustees. Indiana's governor appoints the other six, including a student trustee. All trustees serve three-year terms, with the exception of the student trustee who serves a two-year term. Since alumni-elected trustees serve rotating terms, alumni vote for one each year.

In accordance with state law, the annual election is conducted by the Dean of University Libraries on the Bloomington campus, with assistance from the IU Alumni Association. Ballots are counted on June 30, beginning at 9 a.m. If that falls on a Sunday, ballots are counted on June 29. Paper and electronic ballots must be received by 10 a.m. ET on the final day of the election.

Who Can Vote?

Any IU degree holder can vote in the Trustee Election.

How To Vote

There are two ways to vote:

  1. Any graduate can vote online.
  2. Vote by paper.
    • Mailed ballots will be sent by June 1 to graduates who have voted by paper ballot in any of the three prior elections.
    • Request a paper ballot. Contact Amy Cope, Alumni Trustee Election Coordinator, at or 812-855-6610.

Need Help?

Questions concerning electronic voting:

When you vote online, you will first have to authenticate yourself with three pieces of information:

All ballots must be received by 10 a.m. ET on June 30.

Questions concerning paper ballots:

Paper ballots will be sent to graduates who request a paper ballot and who have voted in any of the three prior elections via paper ballot. Any IU degree holder who does not receive a ballot or whose ballot is lost or destroyed may obtain another by contacting:

Amy Cope
Alumni Trustee Election
Herman B Wells Library Room 234
1320 E. 10th St.
Bloomington, IN 47405

If you choose to vote using a paper ballot, please be sure to sign the envelope. (The Indiana statutes that govern the election require that you sign the envelope; envelopes received without signatures are declared void. If you are not comfortable mailing an envelope showing your signature, you may either sign up to vote online or enclose the signed, official envelope inside another envelope before mailing.)

Paper and electronic ballots must be received by 10 a.m. ET on June 30.

The IU Alumni Trustee election is governed by the statutes of the State of Indiana (IC 21-20-3).