Shane Nelson Van Meter (’78), HP 321 is directly kin to the Charles J. Van Meter that Van Meter Hall at Western Kentucky University was named after.
[quote]Van Meter was the first building constructed on WKU’s campus. Constructed in 1911, it was named for Captain Charles J. Van Meter, a local riverboat captain and developer. Van Meter housed Dr. Henry Hardin Cherry’s Office, the first President of WKU. It housed office space and Chapel was held each day in the auditorium.
When completed in 1911, it was one of the largest buildings between Nashville and Louisville. Resembling the Acropolis’ Erectheion Temple, it was lavished with ornate fluted pilasters, a stained glass skylight and French marble. All are still present today! –Western Kentucky University [/quote]
Shane N. Van Meter is part of Van Meter Insurance Group, a Member of Houchens Insurance Group, the largest 100% employee-owned ESOP in the United States. Van Meter Insurance handles roughly $250 million in premiums per year, making it the 30th largest privately owned insurance group in the United States. Brother Shane is also a member of the “1311 Brotherhood Society” for donating between $25,000 to $50,000 to the construction of the Eta Rho chapter house.