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Last modified: Monday, July 14, 2008

Applegate named IU vice president for planning and policy

July 14, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie today (July 14) announced that he has appointed John S. Applegate to the newly created position of vice president for planning and policy. The appointment, which is subject to approval by the IU Board of Trustees, was effective as of July 1.

John Applegate

John Applegate

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Applegate, a faculty member and executive associate dean of the IU School of Law--Bloomington, has been serving for the past 18 months as a special assistant to the president. He will divide his time between the School of Law and the new vice presidential office.

McRobbie said this position is an outgrowth of the many special initiatives Applegate has been responsible for during the past year, and the coordination needed in areas related to university policies and procedures associated with academic programs and initiatives.

"John has proven himself to be very effective at many administrative and academic initiatives that require a great deal of analysis and coordination within the university and with external agencies, including the Indiana Commission for Higher Education," McRobbie said. "His experience and understanding of both academia and the law make him almost uniquely suited to take on these responsibilities."

"This is an exciting and challenging time for higher education, and a great public university like IU has tremendous intellectual resources," Applegate said. "It is crucial that our policies and plans are developed in a way that enable the University to be most effective in applying those resources. I am very grateful for the opportunity to work with colleagues on all of IU's campuses on these sorts of initiatives."

Before joining the Office of the President, Applegate was executive associate dean for academic affairs and Walter W. Foskett Professor of Law at IU Bloomington. He holds a law degree from Harvard Law School. He also has a bachelor's degree in English from Haverford College.

Before coming to IU Bloomington in 1998, he was a professor of law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, and he also was a visiting professor at the Vanderbilt University School of Law. From 1983 to 1987, Applegate practiced environmental law in Washington, D.C., with the law firm of Covington & Burling, and he clerked for the late Judge Edward S. Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.