Paul John ISU

Terre Haute, IN

Paul Thrift, CEO of Thompson Thrift Development, and John Thompson, CEO of Thompson Thrift Construction, are the 2022 recipients of Indiana State University's Distinguished Alumni Awards.

Presented annually since 1957, the Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes alumni who have made significant achievements professionally and within their communities, locally and globally. Paul and John were recognized on Friday, November 4 at the annual President's Dinner with the University's philanthropy award honorees. Dr. George Washington Buckner also received the recognition posthumously.

"We’re incredibly happy to honor these three alumni who not only have had highly-accomplished careers but also a record of community service," ISU President Dr. Deborah J. Curtis said. "We celebrate their achievements and are proud of the examples they set as outstanding Sycamores."
Said Andrea Angel, Vice President of University Advancement and CEO of the ISU Foundation: "Each year, we look forward to recognizing outstanding Sycamores in our new class of Distinguished Alumni Award recipients. Paul and John have a truly unique story as they began their multi-national business as students in the College of Technology. Dr. Buckner's career of service to others and perseverance is one that all Sycamores can admire."

For more information, please visit the Indiana State University website.