Indiana Tech Alumni, Donors, & Friends: The Archie T. Keene Society

The Archie T. Keene Society

Contributors to the university who include Indiana Tech in their estate planning are recognized for their generosity by inclusion in the Archie T. Keene Society.

Indiana Tech President Archie T. Keene (1936-1963)
Indiana Tech President Archie T. Keene (1936-1963)

Archie Keene was the longest-serving president of Indiana Tech, holding the office from 1936 to 1963. Beloved by students, faculty and staff, he literally lived in and for his school. He took a fledgling engineering college with just 90 students and, sometimes by sheer force of will, turned it into a thriving, highly respected, accredited institution of higher learning.

Known for walking the campus grounds and talking to students to see what they needed, he often provided personal guidance and shepherding of students through the challenges they faced, in both their academic and personal lives.

Dr. Keeneā€™s advice to students at his final commencement in 1963 still rings true today:

"Develop the practice of caring and the practice of sharing. How you live your life will depend upon your own personal faith and hope and charity."

In recognition of the importance Dr. Keene placed not only on education but also on caring and sharing, the society that honors those who remember the university in their legacy, is named in his honor.

We are grateful to all the kind and generous alumni and friends of the university who share his values and care for students through their planned support.

About Archie T. Keene

Born: 1894, Died: 1975
Indiana Tech President: 1936-1963

Born near Valparaiso, Indiana, in 1894, Dr. Keene attended Valparaiso University, where he received a Bachelor of Pedagogy degree in 1921 and a Bachelor of Arts in 1923. He earned a Master of Arts from Indiana University in 1929 and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science by Lawrence University of Technology in Southfield, Michigan, in 1951.

He began his career in education in 1916 teaching high school in Lena, Illinois, and later became a high school principal in Macon, Illinois; Selby, South Dakota; and Mobridge, South Dakota. In 1929, Dr. Keene became chairman of the speech department at the University of Detroit, a position he held until coming to Indiana Tech in 1936. Upon his retirement from Tech, he was honored as a true education pioneer.

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