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Last modified: Thursday, January 24, 2013

Richard Lugar, Lee Hamilton to join faculty of IU's School of Global and International Studies

Lugar, Indiana's longest-serving senator, will donate senatorial papers to university, co-chair new advisory committee with Hamilton

Jan. 24, 2013

EDITORS: Select, broadcast-quality video highlights from the announcement is available for media. An archived broadcast of the event is at

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie has announced that former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, the longest-serving senator in Indiana's history and the former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will join the faculty of IU's School of Global and International Studies.

Lugar will join IU as a distinguished scholar and professor of practice. In addition, the six-term senator, who concluded 36 years in office on Jan. 3, has agreed to donate his senatorial papers to IU's Modern Political Papers collection, located at the Herman B Wells Library on the Bloomington campus. He will also co-chair the new IU International Advisory Committee with former U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton, whose congressional papers are also housed at the Modern Political Papers collection.

McRobbie also announced that Hamilton, who currently directs IU's Center on Congress and who served 34 years in the U.S. House, where he chaired the House Foreign Affairs Committee, will join Lugar as a distinguished scholar and professor of practice in the School of Global and International Studies.

The school, approved last fall and based in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington, is a major initiative to expand the opportunities for international education for students, including greater foreign language proficiencies, better understanding of how societies are developing worldwide and deeper knowledge of globalization. It also aims to strengthen and expand IU's already formidable reputation in research and scholarship in international studies by marshaling the expertise of more than 350 core and affiliated faculty members from across the university and IU's 11 federally funded Title VI international area studies centers to address the world's most significant economic, political, social, cultural and environmental challenges.

"I am delighted to be joining Indiana University's outstanding faculty," Lugar said. "Under President McRobbie, IU is now positioned to leap into the very top tier of American universities studying foreign policy through its new School of Global and International Studies. I look forward to engaging with students as we take advantage of the opportunities that this unique and exciting moment in world history affords us. Much is at stake, and much will be accomplished at IU."

"This is a historic day for Indiana University and its new School of Global and International Studies," McRobbie said. "Senator Lugar is one of this nation's foremost statesmen, a dedicated public servant and a longtime champion of global engagement, and he is renowned and admired for his work in the United States Senate spanning the most critical issues facing our nation and world. To his new role as professor of practice and distinguished scholar at the School of Global and International Studies, he will bring a lifetime of experience and activity pertaining to the global challenges our students will face and navigate as citizens in the 21st century and in a post-9/11 society.

"Along with another of our nation's most respected statesmen, former Hoosier Representative Lee Hamilton, he will serve as an enormous asset for our students as well as our faculty studying all aspects of international affairs and foreign policy, as well as for IU, as a whole, as we seek to continue to grow and strengthen our presence around the globe.

"Lee Hamilton has played an important role at Indiana University in directing the Center on Congress for the past 14 years," McRobbie said. "We are honored that he will now be playing an even greater role as he joins his former colleague Dick Lugar at IU's new school. Together they will bring unparalleled wisdom and experience to the school and to the entire IU community.

"We are equally pleased and honored that Senator Lugar has chosen IU as the home for his political papers and that these will join the papers of Congressman Hamilton. The senator's papers represent a treasure trove of insights into the major political and global issues of our times and will serve as an invaluable resource for Hoosier students and researchers."

Lee Hamilton

Lee Hamilton

Lugar and Hamilton were both in attendance for the announcement, which took place in the Lincoln Room of IU Bloomington's renowned Lilly Library.

"Dick Lugar occupies a special and significant position in the history of our state and our country," Hamilton said. "He is recognized worldwide as a statesman who searches for bold solutions to our challenges. Our careers in the United States Congress overlapped for more than 15 years, and it was a distinct pleasure working with him. I found Dick to be always constructive, open to suggestions and discussion, and deeply committed to making government work, meeting our international challenges and advancing our national interests.

"I am pleased he has chosen to provide his important papers to Indiana University, and to give a portion of his time and talent to it. It will be a special privilege working with him to enhance and strengthen IU and its School of Global and International Studies."

As IU faculty, Lugar and Hamilton will contribute to the education and research program of the new School of Global and International Studies through seminars, lectures and other academic activities. The International Advisory Committee, which Lugar and Hamilton will co-chair, will advise IU on broad issues concerning the university's international engagement strategy and in the development of the School of Global and International Studies. The committee will include IU alumni and others who are global leaders in business, industry and government, and possess a broad range of expertise in international relations.

Lugar's senatorial papers will join those of some of Indiana's leading post-World War II congressional members, including Birch Bayh, Frank McCloskey, J. Edward Roush and new Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, whose papers were made available earlier this month for public display and for use by qualified researchers.

"The IU Libraries are deeply honored to receive the congressional papers from Indiana's longest-serving senator, Richard Lugar," said Brenda Johnson, Ruth Lilly Dean of IU's University Libraries. "This extensive collection encompasses Senator Lugar's esteemed 36-year career in Congress and includes such rich materials as those detailing his significant involvement in foreign affairs and agricultural reform. Nearly two decades' worth of congressional staff files are also included, which offer a rare behind-the-scenes view of how ideas progress from proposed concepts to definitive legislation. Joining the collections of Lee Hamilton, Birch Bayh and Mike Pence among others, Senator Lugar's papers will be an outstanding addition to our Modern Political Papers collection."

Richard Lugar

Richard Lugar is a fifth-generation Hoosier who left office as longest-serving member of Congress in Indiana history. In addition to being recognized as a gifted local and state leader, Lugar is a respected national and international statesman, exercising leadership on critical issues such as food security, nuclear non-proliferation, energy independence and free trade. He holds 46 honorary degrees from colleges and universities in 15 states and the District of Columbia, and was the fourth person to be named Outstanding Legislator by the American Political Science Association.

Lugar graduated first in his class at both Shortridge High School in Indianapolis and Denison University in Granville, Ohio. He attended Pembroke College at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, studying politics, philosophy and economics. Lugar volunteered for the U.S. Navy in 1957, ultimately serving as an intelligence briefer for Adm. Arleigh Burke, Chief of Naval Operations.

Lugar manages his family's 604-acre Marion County corn, soybean and tree farm. Before entering public life, he helped manage the family's food machinery manufacturing business in Indianapolis with his brother Tom.

As the two-term mayor of Indianapolis (1968-75), he envisioned the unification of the city and surrounding Marion County into one government. Unigov, as Lugar's plan was called, set the city on a path of uninterrupted economic growth. He served three terms on the U.S. Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, including two terms as the vice chair of the commission, and served as president of the National League of Cities.

Lugar has been a leader in reducing the threat of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. In 1991, he forged a bipartisan partnership with then-Senate Armed Services Chairman Sam Nunn, D-Ga., to destroy these weapons of mass destruction in the former Soviet Union. To date, the Nunn-Lugar program has deactivated more than 7,500 nuclear warheads that were once aimed at the United States.

As chairman of the Agriculture Committee, Lugar built bipartisan support for 1996 federal farm program reforms, ending 1930s-era federal production controls. He has promoted broader risk management options for farmers, research advancements, increased export opportunities and higher net farm income. Lugar initiated a biofuels research program to help decrease U.S. dependency on foreign oil. He also led initiatives to streamline the U.S. Department of Agriculture, reform the food stamp program and preserve the federal school lunch program.

Lugar and his wife, Charlene, were married Sept. 8, 1956, and have four sons and 13 grandchildren.

Lee Hamilton

From 1965 to 1999, Hamilton served Indiana in the U.S. House, where his chairmanships included the Committee on Foreign Affairs, the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Select Committee to Investigate Covert Arms Transactions With Iran. He also was chairman of the Joint Committee on the Organization of Congress and worked to promote integrity and efficiency in the institution.

Since retiring from Congress, Hamilton has been at the center of efforts to address some of our nation's highest-profile homeland security and foreign policy challenges. He was vice chairman of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, known as the 9/11 Commission. He also co-chaired, with former Secretary of State James A. Baker, the Iraq Study Group, which in 2006 made recommendations on U.S. policy options in Iraq.

He currently is a member of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board, the President's Homeland Security Advisory Council, the CIA External Advisory Board and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Task Force on Preventing the Entry of Weapons of Mass Effect on American Soil.

Until recently, he served as co-chairman, with former White House National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft, of the U.S. Department of Energy's Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future.

From 1999 through 2010, Hamilton was president of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, an institution in Washington, D.C., where scholars, policymakers and business leaders engage in comprehensive and nonpartisan dialogue on public policy issues. Since 1999, he has directed the Center on Congress at IU, a nonpartisan educational institution seeking to improve the public's understanding of Congress and to inspire young people and adults to take an active part in revitalizing representative government in America.

He is a graduate of DePauw University and the IU Maurer School of Law.