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Friday, August 1, 2008

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IU names search committee for new AD

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Aug. 1, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie announced today (Aug. 1) that he has appointed a 13-member committee of faculty, administrators, alumni and Athletic Department representatives to begin a nationwide search for a new athletics director.

The search committee will be chaired by IU Vice President for Engagement Bill Stephan. An Indiana native, Stephan is an attorney by profession with extensive experience in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. In 2005, he became senior vice president for corporate communications and community relations for Clarian Health in Indianapolis, one of the nation's largest health care systems. Previously, he had been IU's vice president of university relations and corporate partnerships.

Stephan returned to IU in the fall of 2007 to assume his current position.

"I am extremely pleased that Bill Stephan has agreed to lead this important search," McRobbie said. "Bill's longstanding commitment to excellence at Indiana University and the strong personal and professional relationships he has cultivated across the state make him the ideal person to chair this committee.

"Bill will be working with a group of distinguished individuals, all of whom care very deeply about the university. I am confident that, under his leadership, we will find a director who has the experience necessary to lead our Athletic Department into the future and who will embrace the tradition and values of the university."

The new athletics director will replace current Director of Athletics Rick Greenspan, who announced on June 26 that he would step down from the position, effective the end of the calendar year.

"I look forward to working with President McRobbie, our very accomplished committee and our many friends and supporters of IU, all of whom are committed to bringing forth exceptional candidates," Stephan said.

Stephan, a 1984 graduate of the IU School of Law-Indianapolis, served earlier this year on the search committee that recommended current IU head basketball coach Tom Crean.

He indicated that the search committee and its members would not be publicly commenting on the progress of the search process until a decision is announced.

Also named to the committee were:

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