Jean Ann Harcourt joined the Board of Trustees in 2016. She is the president and CEO of Harcourt Industries Inc., a Rush County school supply company founded in 1956 by Harcourt’s parents. Along with school supplies, the company also produces school spirit items, political signage, and custom printing work and serves more than 12,000 elementary, middle, and high schools throughout the United States, making it one of the world’s leading manufacturers of school pencils. She joined the company in May 1975.
In 1998, Harcourt became the first woman to chair the Indiana Manufacturers Association, to which she has belonged since 1992. Her other memberships and activities include past president, Milroy Economic Development Committee; past commissioner, Indiana Real Estate Commission; founding member of the Rush County Community Foundation; chair, Jeff Linder for Congress Campaign, 2000; chair, Indiana Manufacturers Political Action Committee, 1999-2000; member of the Governor’s Education Roundtable, 1999-2000; and chair, Senator Robert Jackman Re-election Campaign, 2000. She also served as vice chair of the Indiana Republican Party from 2003 to 2004 and Indiana Republican National Committeewoman from 1992 to 1996.
Harcourt’s honors include the 1991 Outstanding Citizen, Milroy Community Club, 1993 Rush Country Citizen of the Year, Rush County Chamber of Commerce, and the Sagamore of the Wabash from then Gov. Robert D. Orr in 1988.
Harcourt earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Ball State University in 1975.
She and her husband, Terry Showalter, live in Milroy.