BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University Board of Trustees has voted to extend the contract of President Michael A. McRobbie for one year to July 1, 2021.
The extension allows the university to complete all activities associated with its bicentennial in the 2019-20 academic year before beginning a search for its next president.
McRobbie, IU's 18th president, has led the university since July 1, 2007. He is the second most-tenured president in the Big Ten and one of the most tenured leaders among the research universities in the Association of American Universities. During his presidency, IU has experienced a period of growth and transformation in both its physical infrastructure and its academic offerings.
Under his leadership, IU has seen an increase in research funding, created or restructured a number of academic programs and completed the two largest fundraising campaigns in university history. IU also has addressed student affordability, with the average net cost of an IU Bloomington education consistently the lowest in the Big Ten. IU froze undergraduate tuition for Indiana resident students at IU Bloomington for the current two-year budget cycle, while holding increases across all campuses to historically low levels.
"President McRobbie has done a superb job elevating Indiana University's standing as one of the premier public universities in the country," said Board President Randall Tobias. "This extension will ensure successful completion of the university's ambitious strategic plan and associated bicentennial activities and allow for a smooth transition of leadership."