Crouch to replace Bush as Trine commencement speaker

May 3, 2019

The daughter of former president George W. Bush won’t be able to give the commencement address at Trine University on Saturday as planned.

Barbara Pierce Bush, co-founder and board chair of Global Health Corps, was forced to cancel her planned commencement address because of a family health emergency, the university said Friday.

“I was so looking forward to spending time with you and your students and their families to celebrate,” Bush said in an email to the university. “I’m so disappointed I won’t be with you. Above all else, I hope you, your students and faculty have a joyous, wonderful weekend!”

Indiana Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch will instead give the commencement address for Trine’s 134th commencement, which begins at 10 a.m. in the Keith E. Busse/Steel Dynamics Inc. Athletic Recreation Center on Trine’s main campus in Angola.

Born and raised in Evansville, Crouch previously served as state auditor from January 2014 through December 2016.

Before becoming auditor, she served as the state representative for House District 78, which encompasses parts of Vanderburgh and Warrick counties. 

Prior to serving in the House, Crouch spent eight years as auditor of Vanderburgh County.  She then went on to serve as a Vanderburgh County commissioner until joining the House. She presided as president of that body during her third year in office.

As lieutenant governor, Crouch oversees a portfolio that includes the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, Office of Defense Development, Office of Community and Rural Affairs, Office of Tourism Development. In addition, she also serves as chairman of the Indiana Counter Terrorism and Security Council, President of the Indiana Senate and chairman of the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Task Force.