Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Bon Chance!

According to The Indianapolis Star, Michael McRobbie (left), Indiana University's chief academic officer, will be named the new university president tomorrow.


This Indianapolis Observer had hoped it would be James Morris (right) -- who knows that the Indianapolis campus is where the action is (not that backwater to the south). A past president of the IU Board of Trustees, he finishes up a stint as executive director of the World Food Program in April. Morris has served as chairman of the Indianapolis Water Co., president of the Lilly Endowment, and chief of staff to current Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar when Lugar was mayor of Indianapolis.

There's no word yet on the Indiana University website, except this hint from Media Relations that a decision has been reached:

"Two IU trustee executive sessions canceled
"Feb. 28, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Two executive sessions scheduled for the IU Board of Trustees have been canceled. The canceled sessions are those that were scheduled for this evening (Feb. 28) from 5-8 p.m., and tomorrow morning (March 1) from 8-10 a.m."

At 4 p.m. this afternoon (1 March), the Trustees of Indiana University will select the 18th president of Indiana University. The vote will be taken during a meeting in the Auditorium at University Place Conference Center, 850 W. Michigan St. at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. A news conference will follow at 5 p.m., also in the Auditorium.

It's official: McRobbie will officially take over as president on July 1, 2007.

On Monday (5 March), IUPUI Chancellor Charles Bantz and the Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis campus will roll out the red carpet for IU President-elect Michael McRobbie. An IUPUI Campus Welcome Reception will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m., Monday on the lower level of University Library.

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