January 14, 2019

IU President McRobbie Could Be Candidate For Georgia Tech President

Indiana University President Michael McRobbie. - Courtesy IU Communications

Indiana University President Michael McRobbie.

Courtesy IU Communications

A speculative list includes Indiana University President Michael McRobbie as a potential candidate for President of the Georgia Institute of Technology.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution spoke with "several higher education leaders, state insiders and others" about what Georgia Tech might be looking for and who potential candidates might be.

McRobbie is one of six people mentioned in the article:

The Australian-born computer scientist established six new schools — including the School of Philanthropy. Indiana has been at the forefront of improving student financial literacy, University System of Georgia Chancellor Steve Wrigley said in a recent AJC interview on the topic. It could help boost his prospects.

The Journal-Constitution says current Georgia Tech President G.P. “Bud” Peterson will retire later this year.

"It is not surprising that President McRobbie’s success at IU causes others to include him on their speculative lists of candidates," IU spokesperson Chuck Carney said in a statement.

McRobbie has served as IU's president since 2007. He's one of the highest paid executives of a public university in the U.S., according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. McRobbie ranked fifth for the 2015-2016 academic year with a total compensation of about $1,067,000.

That year, Georgia Tech President Peterson made about $720,000. The Journal-Constitution reports Peteron's current compensation is more than $1.1 million a year.

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