What does State stand for? Leadership

Indiana State’s story is best told through its graduates and faculty. Here is one of a dozen people who exemplifies the university’s key qualities.

Earning four degrees from Indiana State University, Jan Eglen, ’65, ’66, ’80, ’83, has worked as an engineer scientist, as a psychologist and is the founder and executive vice president of/chief scientist for Digonex Technologies Inc. in Indianapolis.

“One of my friends said to me many years ago, ‘You can’t get someone to follow you if you are walking toward them.’ This also describes the importance of followership,” Eglen said. “I think the leader first of all has to have the education, skill set, experience and 20/20 vision of their environment to have the ability to see and understand opportunities, to be focused on the objective, to be able to function and maintain their goal-directed behavior through adversity as well as good times, to be able to relate to others in a meaningful manner, and to embody perseverance.”

A follower is equally important, Eglen said. “Or the leader would have no constituency. So for both — be a good person, be firm in your beliefs and plan, don’t give up, and stay committed to the plan.”

Eglen holds several patents, has written and recorded music, is a published author, frequent guest speaker at digital media events, guest lecturer at Indiana State University and other higher education institutions, and is currently a member of the Advisory Board for the College of Technology and the Presidential Advisory Board. In 2011, Eglen received the Distinguished Alumni Award.

“Maslow said that if the only tool you have is a hammer then you tend to treat everything else as if it were a nail,” Eglen said. “ISU fills up your tool bag with the instruments, experiences, relationships, knowledge, all the essentials one requires to begin their life journey.”

As Indiana State University celebrates its 150th anniversary,  Eglert says the university is at a pivotal point in its history. “I see the great things the University is doing under the dual leadership by example of President Dan Bradley and First Lady Cheri Bradley.  They are the right leaders for ISU at the right time.”

It is also time, Eglen added, “to look back and see where I have been and if enough has been done or if there is some road yet to travel.”

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