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IU President Michael A. McRobbie ‘on the move’ with state, regional campus visits


His stop at IU Northwest Nov. 12 included tour, visits with students

Thursday Dec 03, 2015


IU President Michael A. McRobbie will continue traveling across the state in the coming months, visiting regional campuses, meeting with state and local business leaders, and interacting with students, alumni and friends of IU.

Dubbed “McRobbie on the Move,” the statewide tour is meant to highlight IU’s connections to the state as a whole as well as the university’s regional campuses, and further strengthen relationships with business, community and government leaders and local media.

“Our regional campuses are an extremely important part of Indiana University and support our longtime commitment to serve the educational needs of the state,” McRobbie said. “Nearly one-third of our total student body are educated at a regional campus and a majority of those students will continue to reside in the area, which plays a significant role in the economic development of that region.”

The tour kicked off in October when McRobbie spoke with members of the Southwest Indiana Chamber before attending a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Multi-Institutional Academic Health Science Education and Research Campus in downtown Evansville. The space will serve as the new home for the IU School of Medicine-Evansville.

He also attended a reception and dinner at Vincennes University’s Jasper campus where he met with IU alumni, local officials and representatives from area economic development organization, Dubois Strong.

During his next stop in the state’s northwest region, McRobbie toured the Ports of Indiana, where he learned more about the port operation and its economic impact on the state.

He also visited the IU Northwest campus where he, along with Chancellor William J. Lowe, heard presentations by students about recent initiatives for Philanthropy Week 2015; participated in a discussion with business and industry representing 10 regional chambers of commerce where he answered questions submitted by chamber members; and hosted a media roundtable. In addition, McRobbie took part in IU Northwest’s annual Chancellor’s Medallion Celebration.

McRobbie’s visits have also centered on discussion of topics related to IU’s Bicentennial Strategic Plan priorities, which include a commitment to student success, catalyzing research and global engagement; research and education aimed at improving the state and nation’s health; and building a prosperous and innovative Indiana.

For example, the university’s MoneySmarts Financial Program, which has garnered national acclaim, has helped reduce IU student borrowing by more than 16 percent over three years, resulting in an approximately $82.5 million reduction in graduate and undergraduate student borrowing over that period.

In addition, IU recently embarked on its Grand Challenges research program, the most ambitious such program in the university's history. Over the next five years, IU will invest at least $300 million in the Grand Challenges research program to develop transformative solutions for some of the planet's most pressing problems.

What’s next on McRobbie’s statewide tour? He will visit the eastern region of the state and the IU East campus in January. And while no dates have yet been set, additional stops will include visits to the IU Southeast, IU Kokomo, IPFW and IU South Bend campuses.

Stay up on the president’s next steps by following @IndianaUniv on Twitter for live updates from specific events or check out the hashtag #McRobbieontheMove.

McRobbie's tour aligns with several priorities in the university's Bicentennial Strategic Plan, including building a prosperous and innovative Indiana.

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