Title: Assistant Dean Emerita
Company: Indiana University-Purdue University
Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
Linda Irene Showalter Balthaser, Assistant Dean Emerita at Indiana University-Purdue University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in arts and sciences.
Mrs. Balthaser entered her profession because she always loved school. She was a first-generation student to go to college and when she found out, she had the opportunity to continue to higher education that was a significant change than what she thought her life would be. Mrs. Balthaser earned a Bachelor of Science in business education magna cum laude from the University of Indianapolis in 1961. Continuing with her education, she went to Indiana University and received a Master of Science in 1962.
Upon completion of her degree, Mrs. Balthaser began her career as a teacher of business education at Southport High School from 1962 to 1963. She then went on to higher education, becoming a secretary of the Office of the President at Indiana University from 1963 to 1966. She then joined Indiana University-Purdue University as an assistant dean of art and letters in 1969 and remained in that position until 1987. In 1987, Mrs. Balthaser became the assistant dean of arts and sciences until she retired in 2002. Since 2002, she has remained with the university as an assistant dean emerita. As a testament to her success, Mrs. Balthaser received a Women of Achievement Award from the YWCA of Northeast Indiana in 1990 and a Lifetime Achievement Award. She was also inducted as a member of various esteemed organizations including, the Association of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne Women, American Association of University Women, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, and Phi Alpha Epsilon, to name a few. She is listed in numerous editions of Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in the Midwest, Who’s Who in American Education, and Who’s Who in America.
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