Honoree

Robert Kleehamer

AWARDS

IUS Chancellor's Medallion (2015)
IUS Chancellor's Medallion
Location: New Albany

BIOGRAPHY

Bob Kleehamer attended IU Southeast as a first generation college student when the campus was only a few schoolrooms at Warder Park.

As the middle child in a family of five children, Kleehamer's family didn't have the money to send him to college. He attended classes in the evenings so he could work to pay his way through school.
The flexibility IU Southeast afforded Kleehamer, working while attending classes, allowed him to gain job experience before graduation, and gave him the opportunity to get a foot in the door toward a career. After more than seven years working at Monroe Shine & Co. CPAs, Kleehamer entered the banking world as an assistant treasurer and quickly moved up the ranks, starting a new local bank, and now, serving as senior vice president of River Valley Financial Bank.

In addition to a successful career, Kleehamer has made a considerable impact on the community. He has been a member of the IU Southeast Advisory Board, and has served on dozens of community boards where he has raised millions of dollars for local organizations.