The Trine University Board of Trustees elected David M. Findlay, president and chief
executive officer of Warsaw, Indiana-based Lakeland Financial Corporation and Lake
City Bank, to its membership during its Feb. 3 meeting.
“David brings a wealth of experience, not only in finance, but in service on many
business, community and higher education boards,” said Rick L. James, chair of Trine
University’s Board of Trustees. “We are privileged to welcome him to Trine University’s
Board of Trustees, and look forward to his insights as we guide the university to
make a positive impact on the lives of a growing number of students.”
“I’m honored to join the distinguished individuals who make up Trine University’s
Board of Trustees in enabling the university to fulfill its mission of preparing students
to succeed, lead and serve,” Findlay said. “Trine has long contributed to the state
of Indiana through its economic impact as well as by providing skilled alumni to work
at Hoosier companies, and even start their own. I’m excited to help the university
expand its impact throughout this region.”
Findlay also serves as member of the Board of Directors of both Lake City Bank and
its holding company. Lakeland Financial Corporation is a publicly traded (NASDAQ Global
Select/LKFN) bank holding company with total assets of $5.8 billion, and 50 offices
located throughout Northern and Central Indiana.
After joining Lakeland Financial Corporation as executive vice president of administration
and chief financial officer in 2000, Findlay was named president and chief financial
officer a decade later. He served in that role until assuming his current position
“Trine University has been able to thrive during recent economic troubles in part
thanks to strong financial management and support from a growing university endowment,”
said Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., Trine University president. “David’s financial acumen
will help us continue to strengthen these areas.”
Findlay also serves on the boards of directors for numerous organizations, including
the Indiana State Chamber of Commerce, Indiana Bankers Association, OrthoWorx, Northeast
Indiana Regional Partnership, Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana, Ivy Tech Community
College Foundation and Elkhart County Community Foundation.
Prior to joining Lakeland Financial, the 1984 DePauw University graduate served in
multiple roles at The Northern Trust Company in Chicago and Quality Dining, Inc. in
South Bend, Indiana.
He and his wife Susan have two children, Audrey and Blair.
Last Updated: 02/10/2021