IU President McRobbie addresses Bloomington Economic Development Corp.
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie delivered the keynote address at today's annual meeting of the Bloomington Economic Development Corp.
In his address, McRobbie described the progress being made on the priorities of the university’s Bicentennial Strategic Plan, including strengthening the university's commitment to student success and maximizing its capacity for research, scholarship and creative activity.
"For nearly 200 years, IU has played a critical role in the education and well-being of the state of Indiana and its residents,” McRobbie said. “As we look ahead to our bicentennial in 2020, the university has launched an ambitious set of initiatives focused on student success and the value of an IU education; research and scholarly excellence; and the university’s role as an economic powerhouse in Indiana.
"Central to that work are the university’s strong partnerships with the city of Bloomington and organizations such as BEDC, which has consistently offered steadfast support for IU’s mission and created a welcoming climate for success for which we are deeply appreciative.”
At the annual meeting, which was held at the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center, McRobbie was introduced by BEDC president, IU alumnus and longtime university administrator Lynn Coyne, who served as IU's assistant vice president for real estate and economic development from 1996 until his retirement in 2014.
On Friday, McRobbie will be visiting eastern Indiana to engage and strengthen connections with local officials and the campus community as well as provide updates on IU’s progress and highlight important connections between the region and the university. His visit will include meeting with the IU East Board of Advisors, alumni and local legislators, learning about key success, research and service learning initiatives from students, and serving as the keynote speaker for the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce annual dinner.
The visit to eastern Indiana is a continuation of McRobbie’s statewide tour to emphasize IU’s commitment to all regions of Indiana. Follow #McRobbieontheMove on Twitter for live updates from the president's visit.
McRobbie has served as president of IU since 2007. He previously served as IU’s vice president for information technology and chief information officer, as vice president for research and as interim provost and vice president for academic affairs for IU Bloomington.
Under McRobbie’s leadership, IU has seen a major expansion in the size and quality of its student body; a large-scale academic restructuring in which eight schools have been newly established or reconfigured; a reinvigoration of the global partnerships that support the university’s international academic and educational programs; and the construction or renovation of nearly 70 major facilities across all campuses with a total value approaching $2 billion.
McRobbie has overseen completion of the $1.1 billion Matching the Promise endowment campaign at IU Bloomington and the $1.39 billion IMPACT campaign on the Indianapolis campus, as well as the launch of For All, a $2.5 billion university-wide campaign for IU’s bicentennial. Additionally, he has presided over the development of IU’s Bicentennial Strategic Plan, a set of ambitious initiatives designed to keep the university on the course of greatness in its third century.
Since 1985, the BEDC has served as the leading economic development organization for Bloomington and Monroe County, focusing on the retention, development and attraction of quality jobs in Monroe County.