Born in the small coal mining town of Portage, Pennsylvania, Gene Sease is the youngest of five siblings and was named after the famous singing cowboy, Gene Autry. His father worked for the Portage Coal Mining Company.
Gene served a number of churches in his area, and it was while he was serving one of the churches, he met Joanne Cherry, the church pianist, who he later would marry.
In 1968, the family moved from Pennsylvania to Indianapolis, Indiana where Dr. Sease was named president of Indiana Central College in 1970. Dr. Sease was seen as a civic-minded educator who could use his political connections to reshape the image of the school. Gene helped the school expand towards Indianapolis, which resulted in a growth period that brought in more students as well as more diversity. With this inward city movement, he changed the name to University of Indianapolis in 1986.
The administrative wing attached to Krannert Memorial Library was renamed the Sease Wing in honor of Dr. Gene Sease in 2001.
In 1988, Dr. Gene E. Sease started a public relations firm, Sease Gerig & Associates with his oldest son David and business partner Lou Gerig. Together, the three have continued to manage one of the most prestigious and the oldest public relations firm in Indianapolis.
Dr. Gene E. Sease was appointed as the Indiana State Fair Commission Chairman in 2000 by Governor Frank O'Bannon and again in 2003 by Governor Mitch Daniels. Gene was most noted for helping with the renovation of the 4-H Educational Complex.
President of the Kiwanis Club of Indianapolis, Inc. (1977)
500 Festival Chairman (1978)
Board of Directors, Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce
1. University of Indianapolis - History
2. Sease Gerig & Associates Website
3. Indianapolis Star Article - Father/Son businesses in Indianapolis
4. Living a Legacy
5. U of I - Krannert Memorial Library
6. Indiana State Fair - 2004 Annual Report