Robert L. Meeks


Honorary Degree (2010)
Doctor of Humane Letters
Location: South Bend
Presenter: Michael McRobbie
IUSB Chancellor's Medallion (2008)
IUSB Chancellor's Medallion
Location: South Bend


Retired Indiana State Senator Robert L. Meeks has served the citizens of northeast Indiana and the United States his entire adult life. After serving in the U.S. Army, he came back home to Indiana and joined the Allen County Sheriff's Department. He followed that with 21 years in the Indiana State Police, retiring in 1981 as the Ligonier District Commander. After a three-year break, Meeks was back serving the public as a member of the Lakeland Board of School Trustees. In 1988 he began his 20-year tenure as a member of the Indiana State Legislature, specifically, as a state senator, until his retirement last year.

While in the state senate, Meeks became chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. As such he had the task of crafting the state spending plan for each biennium. Even in the lean years, Meeks was always cognizant of the need for funding for higher education.

He is being honored for his role in helping secure state funding for IUSB to build student apartments, to renovate a former office building into a campus Education & Arts Building, and for construction of Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend.
-Written at time of award