Michael Mcrobbie

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Michael McRobbie Is Leaving Bloomington With No Regrets

Michael McRobbie swears Mitch Daniels isn’t the problem. But it has been inconvenient trying to build a legacy as Indiana University president with the headline-making former governor nearby leading Purdue University. The Atlantic, Forbes, and CNBC covered Purdue’s years-long tuition freeze, solidifying Daniels’s reputation as a reformer in higher education. McRobbie has tackled the student affordability crisis at IU, too—with impressive results. His straightforward program to limit student debt saved alumni more than $138 million. It led to law changes in more than a dozen states. But Forbes didn’t mention it.

Michael McRobbie: Helping Rev the State’s Economic Engine

Michael McRobbie came to Indiana University in 1997 (from his native Australia) as the school’s first vice president for information technology and chief information officer. He retires (as of June 30) 24 years later (14 as president) with a long list of accomplishments, including numbers of degrees awarded and amounts of external research funding earned. The approach to regional campuses evolved during his tenure, while the commitment to international opportunities and partnerships accelerated to record levels. Innovation always was at the forefront for the 70-year-old McRobbie, who cites an enormous challenge to American university supremacy in this area. He outlines the role of athletics at a major university – and the “jab” he was able to take at his wife during the 2020 football season.

Michael McRobbie: Universities provide leadership in vaccine rollout

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