A former Indiana governor and a successful Elkhart businessman have been named to the Indiana University South Bend Advisory Board by Chancellor Terry L. Allison. Joining the board will be former Indiana Governor and South Bend Mayor Joe Kernan and Amish Shah, co-owner and president of Kem Krest Corporation in Elkhart. The two were recently approved as IU South Bend Advisory Board members by the IU Board of Trustees.
Kernan is a graduate St. Joseph’s High School in South Bend and earned a degree in Government from the University of Notre Dame. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy where he served as a pilot in the Vietnam War and spent eleven months as a prisoner of war. His distinguished political career includes serving as the Mayor of South Bend for three terms, Lieutenant Governor of Indiana for two terms and Governor of Indiana.
Shah was born in Elkhart and earned a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University Bloomington and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame. Early in his career, Shah co-founded an educational technology company (ESGI) and in 2000, he became CEO of Kem Krest, a global automotive supply chain management company with annual revenue of more than $100 million. The firm was named one of Indiana’s “Companies to Watch” in 2011 and the General Motors Worldwide Supplier of the Year in 2012.
As members of the advisory board, Kernan and Shah will provide counsel to the chancellor on community collaborations involving economic development, diversity, outreach and other issues.