Honoree

Ashton I. Veramallay

AWARDS

IUE Chancellor's Medallion (2014)
IUE Chancellor's Medallion
Location: Richmond
W. George Pinnell Award for Outstanding Service (2004)
Indiana University East
School of Liberal Arts
Department of Economics

BIOGRAPHY

Since he came to IU East in 1977, Veramallay has worked to combat this form of illiteracy, and in turn, has become a lauded economic expert for IU and the Richmond community.

Through the Center for Economic Education, a teaching, research and development resource that he helped establish in 1978, Veramallay has improved the economic literacy of his community and woven an impressive web of connections, accomplishments that earned the center the Peter V. Harrington Award for Excellence in 2002. To date, he's reached more than 1,000 teachers and, consequently, their students. He conducts workshops for pastors and labor leaders on money management, health care, aging and retirement to help them—and their parishioners and employees—understand their economic choices.

Because Veramallay's achievements blur the lines between teaching, service and scholarship, it is difficult to distinguish where his role as economics professor ends and his community service begins. He has served on the boards of several philanthropic and community organizations including the American Red Cross Wayne/Union County Chapter, the United Way of Whitewater Valley, Junior Achievement of Eastern Indiana and the Small Business Development Center. He's a member of the Reid Hospital Finance Authority, where he oversees an investment portfolio of more than $125 million. And, as a founding member of the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Richmond, he is as likely to be found swinging a hammer as he is teaching new homeowners how to budget their resources.