Michael A. McRobbie became the 18th president of Indiana University on July 1, 2007. IU is one of the largest universities in the United States, with seven campuses, a total budget of more than $3.7 billion, more than 8,000 faculty, 11,000 staff, 111,000 degree-seeking students, and at least 712,000 living alumni.
McRobbie joined IU in 1997 as the university’s first vice president for information technology and chief information officer. He was appointed vice president for research in 2003. In 2006, he was named interim provost and vice president for academic affairs for IU's Bloomington campus.
Under McRobbie's leadership as president, IU has seen:
- A major expansion in the size, quality, and diversity of its student body; the largest academic restructuring in its history during which ten new schools have been established;
- A reinvigoration of its global engagement that support the university’s international academic and educational programs;
- The construction or renovation of more than 100 major new facilities across all campuses with a total value of around $2.5 billion; and
- The launch of the largest fundraising campaign in IU’s history, and one of the largest ever by a public university—"For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign." The campaign raised $3 billion by IU’s Bicentennial in 2020.
McRobbie also oversaw the development of The Bicentennial Strategic Plan for Indiana University, a comprehensive set of strategic initiatives that cover all IU's campuses and serve as a foundation for the university's next 100 years of growth and distinction.
McRobbie holds faculty appointments in computer science, philosophy, cognitive science, informatics, and computer technology, and has been an active researcher in information technology and logic during his career. He has been the principal investigator on many major grants, has published a number of books and many articles, and has served on numerous editorial boards and conference committees.