Eutsler was recognized for recently completing 20 years of service as chair of the Ivy Tech Community College Business Advisory Committee. The committee works in interdependence with the college to ensure that curriculum is relevant to the needs of business by equipping students with the skills to be productive employees. During his time chairing the committee student population rose 460 percent.
He also served as board vice president of Mid-Land Meals, Inc. when the organization accomplished a 50 per cent expansion of its services into a six-county area around Terre Haute. During his tenure the organization received a$250,000 Community Focus Fund grant to build additional frozen food storage capacity, a delivery dock, provide electrical system upgrades, purchase permanent generator, and install security fencing for the organization’s Lafayette headquarters enabling it to increase efficiencies and continue providing 1,825 hot
and frozen meals per day to recipients in 24 Indiana counties.
Gov. Joe Kernan named him a Sagamore of the Wabash and appointed him to the Indiana Occupational Safety Standards Commission of which he was twice elected chair during two of the state’s largest construction projects –the $1 billion Indianapolis International Airport Midfield Terminal and the $750 million Lucas Oil Stadium. Under his leadership a three-year backlog of rules were promulgated and all standards were re-promulgated, the Indiana Attorney General provided the commission counsel and in-service training, commission members completed State Ethics Commission training, 90 per cent of commissioners attended stated and called public meetings, each commissioner received a set of the General and Construction Industry OSHA regulations in digital medium, and there were regular consultations with the Commissioner of Labor and Deputy Commissioners.
President Clinton appointed him to a 20-year term on the U.S. Selective Service System board in 1993. He served 2 1/2 years as a reader-member of the Journal and Courier’s editorial board and is a contributor to its political blog, “Politics, Issues and You,” was a U.S. Secret Service White House Press Corp Aide for President Jimmy Carter, and served as an NBC News Election Unit reporter conducting exit polls in the Midwest. He co-chairs the IPL 500 Festival Parade, is Metro Ministries, Inc., board president, Friendly Planet Missiology, Inc., board vice president, Indiana Performing Arts Hall of Fame board secretary, and founding president of the Railway Heritage Network.
Professionally, he is Principal of The Edge, a consulting practice that maximizes organizational capacity through leadership innovations, strategic thinking, and stakeholder communications, as well as an adjunct professor at Indiana Wesleyan University and the University of Phoenix.
In addition, Governor Mitch Daniels recently conferred the Distinguish Hoosier designation on Eutsler. In making the presentation in the Indiana State Senate Chamber, Senator Ron Alting of Lafayette, said, “Indiana treasures individuals who give their time and talents out of an abiding sense of responsibility, commitment, and concern for others. Mark Eutsler is such an individual who has earned the respect and admiration of Hoosiers across the state and is worthy of joining the ranks of these honorees.” He was recognized for serving with an outstanding example of vision and integrity, working or a strong environment of growth, and for standing by friends and neighbors with a clear dedication to their quality of life.
Mark Eutsler, ’80, a member of Indiana State University’s Presidential Advisory Board, was recently recognized by Lt. Governor Becky Skillman with the Partner in Progress Award which she created to recognize those who serve with vision and integrity, work for others, stand with friends and neighbors to accomplish something great, and have lasting impact on the State of Indiana. It is the highest award presented by the Lt. Governor. Eutsler was recognized for his work with Ivy Tech Community College, Mid-Land Meals, Inc., and the Indiana Occupational Safety Standards Commission.