Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie will step down in June 2021 as part of his planned retirement, after 14 years as president and 24 years in senior positions at one of the nation’s top public research universities. During his tenure, IU has been recognized for its leadership across a wide range of key areas, including student success, research and scholarly excellence, community engagement, international education, health sciences training and research, and economic development for all of Indiana.
“Among President McRobbie’s countless significant contributions to IU, one of particular importance is the Grand Challenges program, which fosters broadly integrative and interdisciplinary research focused on societal problems that influence the health and well-being of Hoosiers. In particular, he supported the Grand Challenge titled Prepared for Environmental Change, which will help Indiana escape some of the disruptions brought about by climate change that might otherwise have come our way. This is one of many examples of President McRobbie’s unusual ability to foresee the future and to bring the university’s exceptional resources to serve the people of our state.” — Ellen Ketterson, IU Distinguished Professor of biology, and founding director and scientific advisor of the Environmental Resilience Institute