Santhana Naidu serves as the 2019-20 District Governor for Rotary International’s District 6580.  In his role Naidu serves as liaison between Rotary International, based in Evanston, IL, and the 32 clubs of Rotary’s Southern Indiana District. He succeeds Sue Wright of Clarksville.

Naidu joined the Rotary Club of Terre Haute in 2004 and served as the club’s President in 2011-12 and later as the Assistant District Governor. He has also served the District’s Rotary Youth Exchange chair from 2010-18.   

In 2014 he was awarded Rotary’s “Five Avenues of Service Award” for service to his club, his community, international causes, youth and to society, in general, through his vocation as a marketing professional. He is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, honoring him for significant support to the wide-ranging work of The Rotary Foundation.

Naidu is the Associate Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Indiana State University where he leads an interdisciplinary marketing organization that manages the university's brand and produces regional, national, and international campaigns. He also directs the university's marketing vision and strategy, and supervises organizational units including creative services, web and new media, advertising, photo and video services, licensing and university magazine.

He is the seventh Rotary district governor from Terre Haute.  Previous District Governors: Paul Stanley, 2011-12; Dale McKee, 1989-90; Edgar Pettibone, 1984-85; James Rentschler, 1977-78; Frank Lightfoot, 1972-73; and Wayne Schomer, 1965-66. 

Santhana and his wife, Amy, have a son, Cameron.

About Us
Rotary unites more than a million people around the world. Rotary District 6580, based in Southern Indiana, consists of 32 Rotary clubs and more than 1,500 Rotarians. Rotary clubs in our district range in size from 12 to 200 members. Our clubs’ programs involve prominent leaders in every field, and our membership represents business and civic leaders of our communities and our state. Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
District Events
Greatest Conference Never Held!
***** **** For the past year-and-a-half, a team of more than 30 Rotarians worked hard to put together an outstanding “Rotary Together 2020” District Conference for you and our fellow Rotarians. With dynamic speakers and an incredible lineup of breakout sessions at the new Embassy Suites Conference Center in Plainfield, the April conference was destined to be one of the best ever. Then the coronavirus hit and forced us to cancel. We’re making an e-book available to you. however, to highlight the great content of the conference! Please click the "2020 District Conference" link at the top of this page to learn more.
Rotary Leadership Institute
The leadership skills obtained at an RLI event will not only help Rotarians in their Rotary career, but will apply to their leadership efforts professionally, as well. Learn more about our next event under the 'District Links' tab above.
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