Michael A. McRobbie joined Indiana University 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, and in 2006, he was named interim provost and vice president for academic affairs for IU’s Bloomington campus.
On July 1, 2007, he became IU’s 18th president. 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 supports 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;
- The launch of the largest fundraising campaign in IU’s history and one of the largest ever by a public university. The “For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign” has a goal of raising $3 billion by IU’s Bicentennial in 2020.
A native of Australia, McRobbie received a PhD from the Australian National University in 1979 and has honorary doctorates from the University of Queensland (2007); Sung Kyun Kwan University in Korea (2008); the Australian National University (2010); the South East European University in Macedonia (2011), which IU helped found; and Griffith University in Australia (2014). He was honored by the Australian National University as Alumnus of the Year in 2015.
In 2012, he became the first sitting IU president to be elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the oldest and most prestigious honorary societies in the United States. He received the Anti-Defamation League’s Man of Achievement Award in 2014, which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to community, justice, and equal opportunity for all.
The International Center of Indianapolis presented him with the 2016 International Citizen of the Year Award, which honors those who have made outstanding contributions to the globalization of Indiana. That same year, he was elected as a member of the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations, an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher specializing in U.S. foreign policy and international affairs.
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.
A professor at Indiana University’s Media School, Uslan’s 2006 commencement address at IU has been named one of the top graduation speeches of all time by USA Today, NPR, and Graduationwisdom.com. Beginning in the 1970s, he wrote Batman stories for DC Comics before moving into films by acquiring the motion picture and allied rights to the iconic character in an effort to bring a dark and serious Batman to the silver screen. In 1989, he was executive producer on Tim Burton’s Batman; and has since served as executive producer on all the modern Batman films to date (including last year’s The Lego Batman Movie and the upcoming The Batman).
Other films to his credit include National Treasure (2004), Constantine (2005), and The Lego Movie (2014). An Emmy Award winner for Best Animated Series based on the popular computer game, Where In The World Is Carmen San Diego?, Uslan’s memoir, The Boy Who Loved Batman, has been published by Chronicle Books.