Indiana University Bloomington

Pence appoints Mohr, Mirro as IU trustees; board has 1st chairwoman

  • July 3, 2014

Editor's note: This story from The Bloomington Herald-Times is being published here as a courtesy for readers of IU in the News.

By MJ Slaby

Three Indiana University alumni are taking on new roles with the university’s board of trustees. Two are joining the board and a third will be its first chairwoman.

Andrew Mohr, president and CEO of Andy Mohr Automotive, based in Plainfield, and Michael Mirro, chief academic research officer for Parkview Health System in Fort Wayne, are the two newest IU trustees, Gov. Mike Pence’s office announced Wednesday.

“Andrew Mohr and Michael Mirro have distinguished themselves as leaders and innovators in their respective fields, while also demonstrating a strong commitment to Indiana University, higher education and improving the communities in which they work and live,” IU President Michael McRobbie said in a news release.

The appointments come after board Chairman Tom Reilly and Trustee William Cast announced their retirements at the June meeting following nine years on the board. McRobbie said Reilly and Cast helped strengthen IU’s academics and finances.

Because of Reilly’s retirement, MaryEllen Bishop, current vice chairwoman of the board, will now lead it. The Kelley School of Business and McKinney School of Law graduate is the first woman in that role.

“Over the past four years, MaryEllen has provided wise counsel to myself and members of the board, while also serving as a passionate advocate for IU alumni and other friends of the university,” McRobbie said in the release.

Mohr, a graduate of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, already has his name in Bloomington as the namesake of Andy Mohr Field, the home of IU softball. Mohr is a longtime donor to the IU Varsity Club and athletics at IU, and Andy Mohr Automotive Group is one of the largest auto groups in the state with more than 700 employees.

Mirro is an alumnus of the IU School of Medicine and specializes in cardiovascular disease. He is on the advisory board for the IU School of Informatics and Computing, and is the former chairman of the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce, founding board chairman of the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center and founding director of Tower Bank.

Mohr and Mirro will serve three-year terms through June 30, 2017. They hold two of the six governor-appointed positions on the board that include one student trustee. The remaining three members of the board are elected to three-year terms by alumni.

The two board appointments follow the Monday re-election of Trustee Patrick Shoulders, who has served on the board since 2002. Bishop is also an alumni-elected trustee. Her term ends in 2016.

The trustees’ next meeting is Aug. 7 and 8 in Bloomington.