Don R. Brineman


IU Foundation President's Medallion (2003)
E. Ross Bartley Award (1990)


Born on June 21, 1925, in Fort Wayne, Brineman was the son of John and Georgie (Waterman) Brineman. A graduate of LaGrange High School, Brineman attended IU briefly before enlisting in the Army for a three-year stint with the medical corps with a combat infantry division in Europe during World War II. After his discharge he returned to finish his education at IU, graduating in 1950 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science. He also accumulated 44 hours of graduate study.

Brineman worked in the IU Records and Admissions Office from 1950 to 1953 and then moved to the Junior Division, which was later renamed University Division. While there, he advanced from the position of counselor to associate dean before his retirement. In the University Division, Brineman tackled a wide variety of responsibilities that included assistance with Red Carpet Days, administrator of the IU Advanced Credit and the Placement and Exemption Program, chair of the Academic Committee, liaison with Intercollegiate Athletics and membership on many committees.

He was well known in state and national collegiate recruiting and counseling organizations. In the Indiana Association of College Admissions Counselors he held several offices, including editor of the College and University Handbook, editor of the association newsletter and president from 1977-78. Brineman was also well known among high school personnel in Indiana and other states because of his leadership in annual high school-university division conferences. Those meetings brought together principals, counselors and IU freshman from their schools to talk about preparation and bridging the gap between high school and college. As an admissions recruiter for IU, Brineman participated in college fair programs in New York, Long Island, Chicago and Cleveland. His recruiting trips also took him to junior and community colleges in Illinois, Missouri and Michigan.

Brineman also served as the first president of IU Professional Staff Council, was co-chairman of IU Varsity Club's Howard Brown football scholarship and was official timer for the Little 500 bike race. He retired in 1990, after 40 years of service to Indiana University. At the time of his retirement, he received the highest staff honor bestowed at IU, the E. Ross Bartley Award.