The Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture, and Design at Indiana University will be accepting applications for its newest undergraduate scholarship, established in April 2019 by the Honorable P.A. Mack, Jr. A trustee of the Indiana University Foundation, Mack named the Susan Barker Yeley Scholarship for a longtime friend and fellow IU graduate.
“We are delighted to join the circle of schools and programs that P.A. has generously supported across the university over many years,” said Peg Faimon, the dean of the Eskenazi School. “P.A. made his gift to honor a dear friend. In turn, we at the Eskenazi School are honored to add P.A. to the school’s ever-growing circle of friends.”
Mack has long been a loyal supporter of Indiana University, where he earned his MBA During a distinguished career of public service, Mack served as chief of staff for the late US Senator Birch Bayh. Both Presidents Carter and Reagan appointed Mack to serve as a member—and ultimately, the vice chair—of the National Credit Union Administration. He also served as vice president of the Indiana University Board of Trustees and as member and chair of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.
As an IU trustee, Mack made it a practice to audit one undergraduate class at IUB every semester. He met Susan Yeley, a Wells Scholar who was then a freshman, in a theatre class in 1996. The two remained friends after Yeley graduated from Indiana University and earned a master’s degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School, before she embarked on a career in interior design.
Yeley and her husband, also an IU graduate, now live in Bloomington, where she heads Susan Yeley Interiors, a full-service residential design firm. The scholarship Mack established in her name is open to any undergraduate at the Eskenazi School, with preference given to students who aspire to a career in interior design.