IU Trustee Emeritus Dr. Philip Eskew, Jr. was presented with an IUPUI 50th Anniversary Chancellor’s Medallion by Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar on December 11, 2019, in recognition of his professional service, community engagement, and longstanding dedication to IUPUI and Indiana University more broadly as a member of the IU Board of Trustees, the IUPUI Board of Advisors, the IU Alumni Association Board, and the IU School of Medicine faculty, among other contributions.
Dr. Eskew, an alum of the IU School of Medicine, served as an IU Trustee from 2006 to 2018. He is an emeritus faculty member in the School of Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and retired director of physician and patient relations at St. Vincent Hospital where he received their Distinguished Physician Award in 2000. Dr. Eskew, also a member of the Indiana Guard Reserve, was the first doctor to join their ranks in 2001 and was instrumental in creating a medical unit dedicated to supporting their work in the event of a disaster. He was promoted to the rank of brigadier general in 2016.
As a trustee and Board of Advisors member, Dr. Eskew helped guide IUPUI through a period of significant growth and change and has been a steadfast supporter of the university, its students, faculty, and staff during his time on the board.
In addition to his medical career and service to IUPUI and IU, Dr. Eskew has been active in professional and community organizations for decades. He served on several committees with the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists and served as its vice president. In 1996, Governor Evan Bayh awarded Dr. Eskew a Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest award given to an Indiana resident for service to the state. An accomplished student-athlete while at DePauw University where he received his bachelor’s degree, Eskew is actively involved in the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, into which he was inducted in 2005.