Michael McRobbie, who was selected March 1 by the Indiana University Board of Trustees as the Universityís 18th president, will speak with Northwest Indiana and Chicago-area media on Tuesday, March 6 during a visit to Indiana University Northwest.
The press conference will take place at 11:30 a.m. in Room 115 of the IU Northwest Library Conference Center, located on the IU Northwest campus at 3400 Broadway in Gary, Ind. The library is located on the north side of 35th Avenue at Adams St.
President-elect McRobbie is visiting IU Northwest as part of his tour of the Indiana University regional campuses following his unanimous selection by the IU Board of Trustees this week as IUís 18th president. All area media are invited to attend.
McRobbie, currently the interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at IU Bloomington, has been a senior administrator at IU for 10 years. With an education grounded both in philosophy and science, he came to IU in January 1997 as vice president for information technology and chief information officer. Six years later, he was given the additional responsibilities of vice president for research.
McRobbie, 56, a native of Australia, will replace Adam W. Herbert, who announced last year that he would not serve beyond the end of his contract. Although Herbert's five-year contract runs through June 2008, he has said he would step down earlier if a replacement were found. McRobbie will officially take over as president on July 1, 2007.
McRobbie has overseen the development of several major research projects and initiatives for the university and led an extensive transformation in information technology, including development of an integrated information-technology infrastructure that links all IU campuses, providing faculty members with a variety of new tools for research and a rich computing environment for students.
Since being appointed interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at IUB, McRobbie has pursued campus priorities for the arts and humanities, life sciences and international activities, as well as the recruitment and retention of students and faculty. He also has developed an international strategic plan to help create and nurture global relationships that support the university's academic programs and provide opportunities for faculty and students. He led university delegations to China and Japan last year, which resulted in cooperative research ventures with several of those nations' premier universities.
In addition to his senior administrative responsibilities at IU, McRobbie holds professorships in computer science, informatics and philosophy, and adjunct professorships in cognitive science and information science on the IUB campus. He also is a professor of computer technology in the Purdue School of Engineering at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus.
A member of many national and international industrial, governmental and scientific boards and committees, McRobbie currently holds appointments on the Sun Microsystems Academic Advisory Council, the Dell Platinum Council, the Internet2 International Relations Committee and the Microsoft Higher Education Advisory Group, among others.
He has led various technology initiatives in the area of high performance computing and communications for large universities, industry and government. In 2004, he was named to Computerworld magazine's list of "Premier 100 IT Leaders," which honors the top information technology strategists in the United States.
He has extensive interest and experience, in particular, with industry, research and government organizations in Asia, and established a major research collaboration agreement with Fujitsu, Japan's largest computer company. He also reached a similar agreement with Japan's Fifth Generation Computer Project and later served on its International Evaluation Committee. Prior to arriving at IU, he was a co-founder of the high-performance broadband Asia Pacific Advanced Network, which supports the research and education community all across the Asia-Pacific region.
McRobbie is the author, co-author or editor of several books and nearly 100 academic papers. He has been a member of the editorial board of a number of international journals and book series in information technology.