Former U.S. Representative Mark Edward Souder received the Doermer School of Business (DSB) Distinguished Alumni Award for 2001. Criteria for the award include having a degree from DSB, assuming a position of increasing responsibility, and contributing time and talent to IPFW. The award was established in 1978 and has been conferred to more than 20 distinguished graduates of the school.
Souder was first elected to the U.S. Congress in 1994 after working for U.S. Senator Dan Coats for 10 years during Coats' tenure in the House and Senate. During the 106th Congress, the Congressional Quarterly magazine selected Souder as one of the four most effective "conservative true believers" in Congress. He was named chairman of the Government Reform Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy, and Human Resources for the 107th Congress.
Souder received a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Indiana University at Fort Wayne in 1972 and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame in 1975. He is one of the founders of the IPFW Alumni Association and one of its first Indiana University alumni presidents.