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IU president, wife pledge $1M for two professorships

  • Sept. 30, 2015

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

IU's Bloomington campus will have two new professor positions thanks to IU President Michael McRobbie and his wife, Laurie Burns McRobbie.

The two pledged $1 million to endow the two professorships as part of the public phase of IU’s $2.5 billion fundraising campaign, called For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign.

The McRobbies' gift will create a new professorship in computer engineering in IU Bloomington's new Department of Intelligent Systems Engineering in the School of Informatics and Computing, as well as a professorship in global strategic studies in the School of Global and International Studies, according to a news release Tuesday on the gift.

“President and First Lady McRobbie have both stepped up repeatedly to go the extra mile for the greater good of Indiana University,” said Daniel Smith, president and chief executive officer of the IU Foundation in the release. “While they have long been exceptionally generous in their philanthropic support of the university, with their most recent commitment of support they once again go above and beyond the call of duty in leading by example.

Also this month, David Henry Jacobs pledged a $20 million gift to the IU Jacobs School of Music, bringing IU’s bicentennial campaign fundraising total to nearly $1.2 billion from close to 204,000 donors.