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Last modified: Thursday, July 16, 2009

Morrison named vice president for capital projects and facilities

July 16, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie today (July 16) announced that he has appointed Thomas A. Morrison to the newly created position of vice president for capital projects and facilities.

Morrison, who joined IU last year as associate vice president for public affairs and state relations, was the university's chief liaison and representative to members of the Indiana General Assembly during the 2009 session.

Tom Morrison

Thomas A. Morrison

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In his new role, he will have university-wide responsibility for the construction, renovation and repair of buildings and facilities, acquisition of real estate, facilities programming and maintenance, and sustainability initiatives. He will also continue to represent the university in the legislature on capital projects and related budget issues.

The appointment was approved by IU trustees in a special meeting at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Before coming to IU, Morrison held several senior administrative positions at Ball State University, Muncie, where he was involved in various aspects of developing, financing and managing nearly $400 million in capital construction projects over a 17-year period.

"Tom has ably demonstrated that he has the right blend of skills and experience that Indiana University needs for this important portfolio, especially as we enter an era that will bring substantial new construction on our campuses," McRobbie said. "He has successfully overseen the design and financing approval processes for many major capital projects at Ball State, and he has shown that he can successfully guide them through all the major state agencies that have a say in how they are built and paid for."

Morrison takes over much of the portfolio of J. Terry Clapacs, who retired last month as vice president and chief administrative officer after a 40-year career with IU. Clapacs, who oversaw the design and construction of some $3 billion worth of major construction, earned national acclaim for the high quality and aesthetics of his projects.

"Terry Clapacs set very high standards for quality and beauty at all of IU's campuses, and I am honored to be able to follow in his footsteps," Morrison said. "It will be my goal to ensure that Indiana University's buildings and grounds always provide a very special and unique environment for learning and research."