U.S. District Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson ’79 of Indianapolis has been elected to the Butler University Board of Trustees. She will serve a three-year renewable term. 

Jane Magnus StinsonPresident Barack Obama appointed Magnus-Stinson as U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Indiana in 2010, following her service as magistrate judge for the Southern District (2007-2010).

She was appointed, and then twice elected, judge of the Marion Superior Court Criminal Division (1995-2007). As supervising judge of the Marion Superior Court Probation Department (1997-2001), she helped create a volunteer mentoring program for young offenders. She also has served as deputy chief of staff and counsel to former Indiana Gov. Evan Bayh, and was in private law practice.

She earned her juris doctorate degree from Indiana University School of Law in 1983.

Magnus-Stinson graduated cum laude from Butler in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in French.

She serves on the College of Education Board of Visitors. The Butler University Alumni Association recently presented its Robert Todd Duncan Alumnus Achievement Award to Magnus-Stinson, in recognition of her professional achievements and contributions to society.

Three trustees stepped down from the board in May. They are Fort Wayne, Ind., businessman Jim Johnston ’66 MBA ’68; former Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) Superintendent Eugene White; and Florida attorney John Hargrove ’69.

Johnston is president of Corporate & Endowment Strategy, LLC. A trustee since 2007, he participated on a number of board committees, most notably the Endowment & Investment Committee. He was instrumental in Butler receiving major gifts from the English Bonter Mitchell Foundation (EMB) for The Campaign for Hinkle Fieldhouse and the College of Business.

During his six years as a Butler trustee, White served on committees for academic affairs, finance/facilities, enrollment management, trusteeship, and marketing. He initiated IPS’s partnership with Butler to jointly develop and operate Shortridge Magnet High School for Law and Public Policy and Indianapolis Public Schools/Butler University Laboratory School.

Hargrove’s law practice has specialized in media law, appeals, and commercial litigation in state and federal courts. He is a nationally respected First Amendment advocate. A trustee since 2001, he served as board chair from 2008 to 2011. He chaired the Academic Affairs Committee (2003-2005), co-chaired the Endowment & Investment Committee (2006-2007), and served on the Presidential Search Committee that brought James Danko to Butler.