ISU’s Board of Trustees held a meeting last Friday to discuss future plans. They received a donation of $100,000 from Troy Biddle, owner of Hannig Construction and his wife to create a Construction Management scholarship. The Board of Trustees voted to name a lab in the Technology Annex Building the Bill and Toni Biddle Construction Management Lab. ISU also received a $250,000 gift from alumni Mike and Amy Alley to create the Linda Eldred Student Leadership Center and the Michael and Amy Alley Student Professional Development Fellows Program. The McKee family, whose connection to ISU spans three generations and nine decades, has donated $250,000 in support of the President’s Scholars program. ISU’s Board of Trustees approved the naming of the McKee Family Heritage Lounge in Tirey Hall.

“Hannig Construction, Inc., and our family are honored to have been involved in numerous projects at ISU over the years,” Troy Biddle said. “It is important to my wife and I to name this scholarship and lab after my parents to show our support to Indiana State University and Construction Management students. “It is our hope to impact the lives of students by giving them the funds necessary so they can achieve their degree in this field. These students will be the future of our local construction industry.” The Bill and Toni Biddle Endowed Construction Management Scholarship will support students who reside in the Wabash Valley and are majoring or minoring in Construction Management. Construction Management is the largest degree program in the College of Technology with more than 500 students enrolled. It is also the largest online program at ISU. 

“Hannig Construction has been an important partner to Indiana State University and numerous other businesses in the Wabash Valley who are investing in our community,” ISU President Deborah Curtis said. “We are grateful that Troy and Pam Biddle have chosen to invest in ISU by supporting local students who are pursuing degrees in Construction Management.” The Biddles’ oldest son, Christian, graduated from ISU in 2020 with a degree in Economics. Their youngest son, Shane, is currently a freshman pursuing a degree in Finance.  

The Leadership Center, housed in the Hulman Memorial Student Union within the Office of Campus Life, will support programs for students on leadership development, inclusion, personal and professional growth, and community service. The Professional Development Fellows Program creates an endowment for professional development opportunities for students in the Scott College of Business. “We are so thankful to Mike and Amy Alley for their continued support of Indiana State University,” ISU President Deborah J. Curtis said. “As alumni, they have generously given back to the University, supporting numerous projects and programs. Their newest gift expands our commitment to helping students develop skills necessary for success after graduation.” The Leadership Center celebrates Linda Eldred for her leadership and dedication to campus activities and programs during 40 years at ISU. Eldred was advisor to ISU’s Union Board and introduced the Alleys when they were students. Mike Alley graduated from ISU’s Scott College of Business in 1978. Amy Alley graduated the same year from the Bayh College of Education. 

The President’s Scholars program is the university’s most prestigious merit scholarship. It includes full in-state tuition, room, and board. The gift will create the McKee Family President’s Scholars Academic Experience Fund, supporting fellowships for exceptional students. McKee Fellows will receive support in areas including undergraduate research, creative activity such as artistic exhibitions, internships, residencies, and professional opportunities.   “The McKee family’s connection to Indiana State University is special,” ISU President Deborah J. Curtis said. “This family has made an impressive mark at ISU, and the naming of the McKee Family Heritage Lounge is a fitting tribute recognizing their generous commitment to grow opportunities for students in the President’s Scholars program.”  Seven members of the McKee family have earned eight degrees at ISU and have served as faculty, staff and administrators.  The family’s connection to the university began with Clyde Morris McKee, who attended Indiana State Teachers College, becoming an elementary school teacher and administrator in Indiana public schools for more than 40 years. His son, Dale F. McKee, earned two degrees at Indiana State, later serving as Indiana State’s alumni director and as executive vice president of the ISU Foundation during a career from 1965 to 1998. Dale’s late wife, Nancy, taught in the university’s School of Nursing for more than 30 years, serving in a number of teaching and administrative positions, including acting dean. All of Dale and Nancy’s children earned degrees at ISU: Elizabeth McKee, Christopher McKee, and Craig McKee. Craig’s wife, Diann McKee, earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at ISU. She has spent her career at ISU and currently serves as Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration and University Treasurer. 

The first student recipients of the McKee Fellows will be selected in the Spring 2021 semester through a competitive application process within the Honors College.