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Last modified: Friday, March 4, 2005

Wasitis to lead IU's federal relations effort

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University today (March 4) named Douglas A. Wasitis, an experienced professional on Capitol Hill, as its new director of federal relations.

For the last eight years, Wasitis has been at Baker & Daniels Sagamore's education practice team in Washington, D.C., where as senior vice president he guided clients, including IU, in their legislative and regulatory affairs. Before then, he oversaw appropriations issues for a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, retired Rep. John Myers (R-Ind.).

Wasitis, 40, spent eight years as a staff member on the House Appropriations Committee. In that capacity, he worked closely with most federal research agencies, such as the departments of Energy, Defense and Health and Human Services. His understanding of the intricacies of the federal budget and appropriations process also led to client victories in a diverse arena of federal agencies including Education, Transportation, Agriculture, Housing and Urban Development and Justice.

"We are pleased to have found someone with such tremendous experience and background on Capitol Hill," said Tom Healy, IU vice president for government relations. "He is a veteran of the appropriations process and, even more importantly, he understands Indiana University and its goals in federal legislation."

Wasitis previously has advised IU in effectively developing and implementing its federal relations agenda and with obtaining federal funding for research, including the Midwest Proton Radiation Institute. IU has been a Sagamore client since 1998.

He will be paid $175,000 and will be based in Washington, D.C.