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Last modified: Friday, November 20, 2009

IU selects seasoned leader to direct new Evansville engagement office

Sobotka will represent IU and Purdue in economic development in Southwest Indiana

Nov. 20, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University has named David Sobotka as director of engagement for Evansville and southwest Indiana. Currently the director of Purdue University's Technical Assistance Program (TAP) offices in Jasper and Evansville, Sobotka will now serve as the face of both IU and Purdue for economic development in Evansville and southwest Indiana.

David Sobotka

David Sobotka, above, has been named director of IU's new regional Office of Engagement for Evansville and southwest Indiana.

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This is the second combined engagement representation agreement between the two universities in recent years, the other being Fort Wayne/Northeast Indiana.

Sobotka, who has enjoyed long-standing relationships in the southwest Indiana and Evansville business communities through his role at Purdue's TAP, will now represent both IU and Purdue at community and business events while facilitating linkages with workforce development opportunities.

"I am excited about the growth opportunities that the new Indiana University Office for Engagement will bring to the businesses and citizens of southwest Indiana. With significant expertise in business, research, computer science and the health care field, Indiana University will become a strong strategic partner for manufacturers and businesses in the southwest Indiana region," Sobotka said. "I am privileged to combine this position with my 15-plus years of experience driving process improvement, change management and innovation. Combining two world-class universities to serve southwest Indiana will have a significant economic impact and multiple benefits for all Hoosiers."

IU Vice President for Engagement Bill Stephan, who leads IU's engagement efforts around the state, said Sobotka's track record made him ideal for the new post.

"David brings a wealth of experience in his current role at Purdue, as well as a solid reputation for bringing innovation into the workforce," Stephan said. "His background will enable him to hit the ground running, immediately extending the reach of the university, optimizing resources and expertise for Hoosier companies and citizens in Evansville and southwest Indiana."

To reach Sobotka at IU's Evansville Office of Engagement, please call 812-459-4484 or e-mail him at