IU Southeast Board of Advisors gains two new members

8th July 2019

NEW ALBANY, Ind. – Indiana University Southeast welcomed Gary L. Libs and John E. Colin to the Board of Advisors. The purpose of the board is to be an active conduit for the sharing of IU Southeast information to the Southern Indiana community and from the community back to the administration at IU Southeast and to help the campus provide programs and services that support academic success for the region’s diverse student population.

Gary L. Libs is the chief executive officer of Libs Paving Company, Inc., and president of Asphalt Supply Co., Inc. He serves as a member of WesBanco Bank Advisory Board for Southern Indiana and Kentucky and as a director of WesBanco Bank, Inc., Wheeling, West Virginia.  Gary graduated from Floyd Central High School, attended the University of Louisville, and he is a graduate of Indiana College of Auctioneering. 

Gary has served on the Bellarmine College Board of Overseers, the Indiana State Auctioneer Commission Board, the Board of Overseers of Sisters of St. Benedict, the New Albany/Floyd County Education Foundation Board and the Ohio River Greenway Commission Board. He was a director and chairman of the board of Your Community Bank prior to its merger with WesBanco. Gary served as co-chair of the capital campaign for St. Mary of the Knobs Catholic Church, where he contributed guidance and fund management for the construction of the new church building. He is a sixth generation member of St. Mary of the Knobs.

Gary served in the United States Army Reserves. 

Gary and his spouse, Sandy, reside in Floyds Knobs. They have four children and 11 grandchildren. Each of their children and their spouses attended Indiana University. 

John E. Colin is a partner and an attorney at law at Simpson Thompson & Colin, LLC in Corydon. His area of practice includes wills, trusts, estate planning and business law. He received his Bachelor of Arts in political science from IU Southeast in 1993. While in college, he served as student government president and chairman of the All University Student Association, representing the nearly 90,000 students of Indiana University. During college, he also served as an aide to former Congressman Lee Hamilton. After college, John worked as a field representative for Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc. prior to going to law school. 

John received his Juris Doctorate from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School in 1999.  From 2002 to 2010, John served as chief prosecuting attorney in Harrison County. He has also served as county attorney for both Harrison and Crawford counties. Currently, he serves as chairman of the board of First Savings Financial Group and First Savings Bank in Clarksville. 

John and his spouse, Kelly, reside in Corydon.