Presidential Search

Indiana University seeks a president to lead us into our third century

After 13 years of accomplishment-filled service as president of Indiana University, President Michael A. McRobbie has announced that he will be stepping down in June 2021. The IU Board of Trustees announce a nationwide search to recruit a new leader who can further build upon the university’s rich history and international reputation.

Reporting directly to the Board of Trustees, the president is responsible for the effective operation of the university. The board is seeking a leader who is strategic, visionary, student-centered, and capable of addressing the challenges and opportunities facing major public universities this decade and beyond. The selected individual will possess unquestioned integrity, exemplary communication skills, and the ability to manage a large, complex, multi-location higher education university.

Outstanding managerial skills, financial acumen, and the ability to raise funds and develop additional revenue streams are all important characteristics. Candidates must value a world-class faculty and demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

110,000 STUDENTS






Our university

Founded in 1820, Indiana University is one of the United States’ top public universities. With more than 110,000 students and more than 6,000 full-time faculty on all seven campuses, IU is also one of the largest institutions of higher education in the United States. The university has more than 716,000 living graduates, and is the largest employer in the state of Indiana with more than 19,000 full-time employees. Its annual budget totals over $3.8 billion. 

Indiana University has more than 150+ online degree programs to choose from and offers approximately 20,000 classes each semester. IU is home to world-class business and music schools, the world’s first school of philanthropy, and the nation’s first school of informatics and largest medical school. Countless other academic programs are ranked among the world’s best, including programs in the arts and sciences, education, intelligent systems engineering, law, international studies, journalism, nursing, public health, and public affairs.

As a leading public research university, IU and its faculty, staff, and students are at the forefront of innovation. In 2019, the university received a record $680.2 million in external funding to support research. IU faculty have been awarded major national and international prizes, including the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, Oscar Award, and Emmy Award, as well as major research grants from the National Science Foundation, and the Ford, Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and MacArthur foundations.


While applications and nominations will be accepted until a new president is selected, interested parties are encouraged to submit their materials to our consultant at this address by Nov. 20, 2020, to ensure optimal consideration.

Application materials should include a current resume and a letter of interest, and may be sent to:

Indiana University President Search
R. William Funk & Associates
2911 Turtle Creek Boulevard - Suite 300
Dallas, Texas 75219
Phone: 972-754-5087
Fax: 214-523-9067

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status. Indiana University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admission, as required by Title IX. Questions or complaints regarding Title IX may be referred to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights or the university Title IX Coordinator. See Indiana University’s Notice of Non-Discrimination here which includes contact information.
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