January 24, 2015
On Jan. 24, 2014, Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie accepted the U.S. Midwest Award for Outstanding Achievement from G’Day USA, a national public diplomacy program that promotes the relationship between the United States and Australia. President McRobbie is a U.S. citizen who was born and received his education in Australia. The award was presented at the G’Day USA Australia Day Gala in Chicago. President McRobbie was introduced at the event through pre-taped remarks delivered by former U.S. Rep. Lee H. Hamilton, an Indiana University professor and director of the Center on Congress at IU. President McRobbie, who has served as IU president since 2007, came to IU in 1997 from the Institute of Advanced Study at the Australian National University, where he was a professor of information science and CEO of the Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Computational Systems. Since its inception in 2004, G’Day USA has brought together industry leaders and key influencers in government, business, tourism, academics and the arts to cultivate and enhance the Australia-U.S. relationship.