About Ben Shoulders
Ben Shoulders is a lifelong Vanderburgh County resident with a passion for serving his community. Shoulders was first elected as Vanderburgh County Commissioner (District One) in November of 2016; and currently serves as the president of the Vanderburgh County Commission.
A 1996 graduate of Harrison High School - where he received Magna Cum Laude honors - Commissioner Shoulders, 41, received his Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University before returning to his hometown. He earned his Bank Management Certificate in 2010, and is a 2011 graduate of the Indiana Bankers Association Commercial Lending School. Today, he is a Senior Commercial Lender at Banterra Bank, and has spent 17 of the last 19 years working in the banking industry.
During that time, Shoulders - a 2011 Leadership Evansville graduate - also has served as a devoted public servant and advocate for Vanderburgh County, serving on numerous committees and non-profit boards. Currently, he serves on the board of directors of:
Shoulders also is the local past president of the IU Alumni Association, and previously served on both the Area Plan Commission and served as Treasurer of the Convention and Visitors’ Bureaus Board of Commissioners after being appointed to the board by the Vanderburgh County Council in Jan of 2014.
His service has led to several professional and community volunteer awards such as the City County Observer Community Service Award (2019) and the Harrison High School Hall of Fame (2020). Shoulders is also one of only nine individuals in the region ever to be named a “Top 20 Under 40: Emerging Leader” by both the Evansville Business Journal (September 2011) and News4U Magazine (August 2015).
Commissioner Shoulders lives in Vanderburgh County with his wife of eleven years, Shannon; their 9-year-old daughter, Emma; and 6-year-old twins Sadie and Parker.