Impact & Legacy

A rich and layered legacy

Michael A. McRobbie became IU’s 18th president on July 1, 2007, and is among the country’s longest-serving presidents of a public higher education institution. His accomplishments during his 14-year tenure have been nothing short of remarkable.

Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren, his wife Greta Warren, First Lady Laurie Burns McRobbie, and President Michael McRobbie during a visit to Indiana University Bloomington.
An era of building and growth: Matt Bailey, Lauren Robel, Michael McRobbie, and Dennis Murphy break ground for the IU Health Bloomington Regional Academic Health Center

Further accomplishments

Ensured an IU education remained affordable and accessible
• 175 percent increase in gift aid for undergraduate resident students

Enhanced academic quality of IU’s student body and programs
• 3.87 median GPA of 2020 incoming class, highest in IU history

Increased diversity and inclusion on IU’s campuses
• 102 percent increase in the number of students of color
• 50,000+ degrees earned by students of color

Strengthened IU’s position as state’s research powerhouse
• $8 billion+ in external research funding
• $200 million+ invested in Grand Challenges initiatives

Oversaw largest-ever fundraising campaign by public university
• 5,800+ scholarships and fellowships endowed

Contributed to economic wellbeing of Indiana
• $9.9 billion in added income for state in 2019
• 1 out of 26 jobs in Indiana supported by IU or its students

Expanded international engagement
• 160 countries represented in IU student body

Oversaw most extensive period of building and construction in IU history
• 23 percent reduction in annual greenhouse gas emissions over past decade

Strengthened commitment to excellence in arts and humanities
• 350,000 materials digitized through Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative