Professional Background: Professor of law at Stanford University (1965–1975), dean of the Stanford University Law School (1971–1975), president of the Legal Services Corporation (1976–1979), director of the International Development Cooperation Agency (1979–1980), provost and professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania (1982–1987)

Thomas Ehrlich served seven years as the president of Indiana University after posts in government and the Ivy League. Though his academic background was in private institutions, he chose to lead a public university because of the responsibilities and challenges of providing both broad access and quality education. On retiring from IU, Ehrlich joined California State University as Distinguished University Scholar and held that position until 2000 when he became a senior scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He resides in Palo Alto, California.