Ex-Cummins vice president named to hospital board

A retired Cummins, Inc. vice president has been chosen to fill an opening on the six-member Columbus Regional Hospital Board of Trustees.

Don Trapp, 70, of Westlake Hills Drive will fill the remaining term of Marsha L. Hunt, who resigned from the board in the spring before moving out of state, Bartholomew County commissioners chairman Carl Lienhoop said.

Trapp, whose appointment was approved by the commissioners Monday, will remain on the board through at least December of next year. However, Trapp said he would be willing to serve longer if requested.

Selection of a hospital board member is one of the most important and critical appointments made by the county, commissioner Larry Kleinhenz said.

Although county officials had considered keeping the position open through the end of this year, administrators at the county-owned hospital had expressed a desire to fill Hunt’s seat to assist them in addressing pressing issues, Lienhoop said.

In the past, the commissioners’ appointment has gone to a community member with a skill set in the financial world, Lienhoop said.

For example, Hunt, who served Cummins as corporate controller, was chosen in early 2015 to succeed retired banking executive John Nash.

During his professional career, Trapp served Cummins as both a vice president and a treasurer. He also has worked extensively in business development for the Columbus-based manufacturer.

Since his retirement from Cummins in 2008, Trapp has served as a member of the Columbus Redevelopment Commission, currently as treasurer. Much of his volunteer work has been in the areas of education and health care, he said.

However, his past contributions have also extended into other areas such as the United Way and the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization.

He is the husband of Shirley Trapp, a retired educator inducted into the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. Hall of Fame in 1997.

Four years later, Shirley Trapp was honored as the 2001 Republic Woman of the Year.

The couple have three adult children.


Don Trapp of Columbus has been named to the Columbus Regional Hospital Board of Trustees. Here are examples of other community service that Trapp has been involved with.

  • Member, Columbus Regional Health Foundation
  • Member, Community Education Coalition
  • Member, African American Fund of Bartholomew County
  • Commissioner, Columbus Redevelopment Commission
  • Past member, Bartholomew Consolidated School Foundation
  • Past member, kidscommons children’s museum
  • Past member, United Way of Bartholomew County
  • Past member, Columbus Economic Development Corporation
  • Past member, Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Past member, William R. Laws Foundation
  • Past member, Northern Trust Global Investments Client Advisory Board
  • Past board member, Indiana University Kelley School of Business Alumni Association
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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at mwebber@therepublic.com or 812-379-5636.