IU Trustee Eskew promoted to brigadier general in the Indiana Guard Reserve
Apr. 13, 2016
IU Trustee Philip N. Eskew Jr. will lend his deep medical expertise to the Indiana Guard Reserve to an even greater extent as a newly promoted brigadier general. The Indiana Guard Reserve serves Hoosiers by assisting the National Guard and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security in their domestic missions as well as providing support and instruction to emergency management teams around the state.
Eskew, a graduate of the IU School of Medicine and a university trustee since 2006, has been a member of the Indiana Guard Reserve since 2001. He was the first physician to join the Indiana Guard Reserve and was instrumental in creating a medical unit dedicated to supporting the Indiana National Guard's work in the event of a natural or manmade disaster.
“I am honored to receive this recognition and look forward to further developing the medical processes we have set in place for the IGR,” Eskew said. “For me, though, the bottom line is being able to give of my time and experience, because I have been given so much throughout my life.”
Eskew retired as director of physician and patient relations at St. Vincent Hospital, which honored him with its Distinguished Physician Award in 2000. He also is an emeritus faculty member in the IU School of Medicine's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and he has served as a board member for the IU Alumni Association and on the IUPUI Board of Advisors.
Eskew is serving is fourth term as an alumni-elected trustee of IU. Eskew, who chairs the facilities and auxiliaries committee, has helped guide the university through a period of significant growth and change and has been a steadfast supporter of the university, its students and its employees during his time on the board.
“Phil has been a tireless advocate for IU throughout his life, and the entire state of Indiana should be proud of, and grateful for, his contributions and service,” IU President Michael A. McRobbie said. “It has been a pleasure to work with Phil throughout my presidency, and I congratulate him on this well-deserved promotion.”
In addition to his medical career and service to IU, Eskew has been active in professional and community organizations for decades. An accomplished college athlete at DePauw University, he has been actively involved in the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, where he served as president in 2007-09 and into which he was inducted in 2005. Eskew was awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest award given to an Indiana resident for service to the state, in 1996 by then Gov. Evan Bayh.
“From organizing the move of St. Vincent Hospital to its current location to mentoring dozens of residents and medical students, Phil has proven he can accomplish big things,” Indiana Guard Reserve Brig. Gen. Hal Grigdesby said in a story on Eskew’s promotion in the most recent issue of the Retired Guardian newsletter. “Now, we’re sure he’ll help the IGR be ready for whatever Hoosiers may face in the future.”