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Jane Jankowski
IU Media Relations

Last modified: Wednesday, April 7, 2004

Indiana University set to inaugurate President Adam W. Herbert

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University will inaugurate Adam W. Herbert as its 17th president on April 15, during colorful public ceremonies that will pay tribute to the academic heritage of the university.

Students, faculty, staff and the community are invited to attend the inaugural events, including a free jazz concert on the evening of April 14, the unveiling of a presidential portrait on April 15 and the formal investiture ceremony at 3 p.m. in the Indiana University Auditorium.

The ceremony will begin with a procession comprised of up to 225 faculty members and 32 representatives from IU's eight campuses. They will be joined by delegates representing 70 colleges and universities, learned societies and national organizations from across the country. The procession, a hallmark of academic tradition, will originate at the Showalter Fountain and make its way into the IU Auditorium.

After an invocation by the president's niece, the Rev. Deborah M. Martin, and a welcome by Kenneth R.R. Gros Louis, interim senior vice president for academic affairs and chancellor of the Bloomington campus, speakers will include Congressman Baron Hill, Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita and Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan.

The ceremony will include special music by the IU Philharmonic Orchestra and the African American Choral Ensemble. Following his formal investiture as the 17th president of IU, Herbert will deliver his inaugural address titled "Extending the Reach of Knowledge."

Immediately following the ceremony, everyone is invited to a public reception in the lobby of the Auditorium.

Participants are expected to travel to IU Bloomington from all parts of the state. Several IU campuses, including Kokomo, Northwest, IUPUI and South Bend, are sending special buses for students, faculty, staff and other community supporters to Bloomington to attend the ceremony.

The first official inaugural event will be a celebratory concert in honor of Herbert on April 14 at 8:30 p.m. in the IU Auditorium. The concert will feature IU's David Baker, director of Jazz Studies, and Bunky Green, director of Jazz Studies at the University of North Florida. Green is a friend and former colleague of Herbert. The concert is free and open to the public. More information about the performers and parking for the event can be found at

Events will continue on April 15 with a 10 a.m. ceremony to unveil a portrait of Myles Brand, IU president emeritus. This event, an IU tradition, will take place in the Indiana Memorial Union's east mezzanine. Several other presidential portraits are on display in that area of the IMU.

Beginning on April 14 and continuing through April 22, an exhibit highlighting inauguration ceremonies of past IU presidents will be on display in the Lilly Library's Lincoln Room. The IU Archives is preparing the exhibit titled "From Andrew Wylie to Adam W. Herbert: Images of Presidential Inauguration Ceremonies," which will include photographs, programs, texts of speeches and congratulatory letters. The library is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

For those attending the ceremony, free parking and shuttles will be available between 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Parking will be available in a lot between the IU Field House and tennis courts near Assembly Hall. Entry is at Gate 12 on Fee Lane. Shuttle buses will transport guests from the lot to the Memorial Union and the IU Auditorium.

A limited number of parking spaces for vehicles displaying handicapped permits are available near the Auditorium and Showalter Fountain. IU Police Department officers will assist those who require accessible parking.

Those unable to participate in person can still watch the ceremony through live stream available at

The event also will be simulcast to these locations on IU regional campuses and the Columbus facility: IU East, Whitewater Hall 119; IPFW, Kettler Hall 22; IUPUI, Education/Social Work 2132, University College 12 and School of Nursing 314; IU Kokomo, Library 105; IU Northwest, Hawthorn 318; IU South Bend, Northside 038 and Northside 152; IU Southeast, Library multi-purpose room; and IUPU Columbus, Main Building 165.

Complete inauguration information is available at

Note to media: A media advisory with information about the president's availability on April 15, parking and other details will be provided early next week.