October 15, 2015
Indiana University's School of Global and International Studies hosted an address by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to celebrate the opening of the school's new home on the Bloomington campus. IU President Michael A. McRobbie introduced Kerry, who was the first sitting secretary of state to visit IU in 20 years. Kerry delivered a speech highlighting why American leadership abroad remains more important than ever and outlining priorities for U.S. foreign policy in a changing world.
October 6, 2015
Nearly one year after presenting the first draft of the Bicentennial Strategic Plan for Indiana University — a document that brought together and built upon a number of university-wide strategic planning efforts — IU President Michael A. McRobbie described the enormous progress being made on many of the plan's priorities, including strengthening the university's commitment to student success and maximizing its capacity for research, scholarship and creative activity. President McRobbie devoted the majority of his annual State of the University address to highlighting a number of major recent accomplishments and activities that align with the goals of the Bicentennial Strategic Plan, which IU trustees approved in December 2014. View the address in its entirety.
June 2, 2015
Charles R. Bantz, who has guided the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus through a period of growth and unprecedented student success for more than a decade, announced late last year that he will step down as chancellor effective Aug. 15, 2015. Bantz, 65, joined IUPUI as chancellor and IU vice president for long-range planning in 2003 and was named IU executive vice president in 2006. In August 2015, Bantz will begin a one-year leave before returning to IUPUI as a member of the faculty. To celebrate his accomplishments, friends and colleagues gathered for an evening to celebrate Bantz. IU President Michael A. McRobbie presided over the evening and presented Bantz with the IU President’s Medal for Excellence. The medal is awarded to those who have distinguished themselves in academia or public service.
Bantz has overseen significant growth in the number of students graduating from the IUPUI campus. This year, the number of bachelor’s degrees conferred jumped by 66 percent, from 2,212 in 2003 to 3,682, with graduates coming from all 50 states; while this year’s freshman class boasts the highest incoming average grade-point average and SAT scores in campus history. In addition, IUPUI has created 10 new doctoral programs, 10 additional master’s programs and 11 more bachelor’s degree programs during Bantz’s tenure as chancellor. Bantz oversaw the recently completed IUPUI strategic plan as well as the completion late in 2013 of the campus’s $1.4 billion fundraising campaign.
May 9, 2015
IU Bloomington awarded 8,883 degrees to 8,584 students as it celebrated its 186th commencement in two ceremonies, one for graduate students and one for undergraduates. A graduate ceremony was scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday, May 8, in John Mellencamp Pavilion, 1001 E. 17th St. An undergraduate ceremony took place at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 9, at IU Memorial Stadium, 1001 E. 17th St. Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie presided over the ceremonies. Sage Steele, an Indiana University alumna who is one of today’s most versatile and accomplished sports television personalities, spoke at IU Bloomington's undergraduate commencement.
May 8, 2015
IU Bloomington awarded 8,883 degrees to 8,584 students as it celebrated its 186th commencement in two ceremonies, one for graduate students and one for undergraduates. A graduate ceremony was scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday, May 8, in John Mellencamp Pavilion, 1001 E. 17th St. An undergraduate ceremony took place at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 9, at IU Memorial Stadium, 1001 E. 17th St. Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie presided over the ceremonies. C. David Allis, a molecular biologist and IU alumnus whose work has potential benefits in fighting many diseases, including cancer, spoke at IU’s graduate commencement ceremony.
April 24, 2015
IU President Michael A. McRobbie presented a lecture titled “Australian Intervention in the Great War: The Definition of a Nation.” The lecture was the final event in "World War I: 100 years", a yearlong Indiana University commemoration of the centennial of the war that included lectures, symposia, exhibitions, film showings, panel discussions and other events.
April 15, 2015
Indiana University, IU Health and IU Health Bloomington Hospital have announced today that they have reached an agreement to create a regional academic health campus in Bloomington, which will include a new home for IU Health Bloomington Hospital. The centerpiece of the project is the decision to locate IU Health Bloomington Hospital on the current site of the IU golf driving range on 75 acres just off the State Road 45/46 bypass adjacent to the IU Technology Park. “This is a momentous occasion for Indiana University and IU Health—and for the city of Bloomington,” Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie said. “This plan will lead to the creation of the most comprehensive academic health campus in the state outside of Indianapolis and will bring together most of the IU Bloomington health science programs, and possibly additional programs, into one place co-located with the new IU Health Bloomington Hospital. This will considerably expand the opportunities for health sciences education and research at IU Bloomington, for innovative new programs in inter-professional education and for new clinical services at the new hospital.”
April 10, 2015
Indiana University received a $500,000 gift from Cynthia L. Stewart Simon and William E. Simon Jr. in honor of the couple’s 25th wedding anniversary. A $400,000 portion of the gift has been used by the Jacobs School of Music to create Anniversary Plaza in front of its East Studio Building. IU President Michael A. McRobbie presided over the dedication of the plaza, which was held in the lobby of the Musical Arts Center. Following the ceremony, guests were invited to gather for refreshments in the plaza across the street, at the corner of East Third Street and Jordan Avenue, where features include a commissioned sculpture by Donald Gummer. Gummer is an alumnus of the Herron School of Art and Design at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and the husband of actress Meryl Streep, who received an honorary doctoral degree from IU in April 2014.
January 24, 2015
On Jan. 24, 2014, Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie accepted the U.S. Midwest Award for Outstanding Achievement from G’Day USA, a national public diplomacy program that promotes the relationship between the United States and Australia. President McRobbie is a U.S. citizen who was born and received his education in Australia. The award was presented at the G’Day USA Australia Day Gala in Chicago. President McRobbie was introduced at the event through pre-taped remarks delivered by former U.S. Rep. Lee H. Hamilton, an Indiana University professor and director of the Center on Congress at IU. President McRobbie, who has served as IU president since 2007, came to IU in 1997 from the Institute of Advanced Study at the Australian National University, where he was a professor of information science and CEO of the Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Computational Systems. Since its inception in 2004, G’Day USA has brought together industry leaders and key influencers in government, business, tourism, academics and the arts to cultivate and enhance the Australia-U.S. relationship.