Embattled Indiana University President Plans to Leave in 2008

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Embattled Indiana University President Plans to Leave in 2008


INDIANAPOLIS

Indiana University President Adam Herbert, whose leadership has come under fire from faculty critics, has announced that he will leave the position with the end of his contract in July 2008.

Herbert, who became IU's president in August 2003, says he is proud of his performance as head of the eight-campus, 98,000-student system, but that "extensive personal analysis" of recent months has convinced him to depart when his five-year contract expires (see Diverse, Dec. 29).

His announcement to the IU board of trustees came the day before the board was expected to discuss a resolution approved by Bloomington campus faculty members seeking a special review of Herbert's performance. The board's vice president says Herbert's decision was voluntary.

Herbert said in a letter to the trustees that he would continue working to build a stronger university and assure a smooth transition to a new president.

"I am strongly committed to fulfilling my leadership responsibilities," Herbert's letter said.

Along with his letter, IU officials released recommendations for administrative changes that Herbert planned to present to the trustees.

One major change was the elimination of the position of Bloomington chancellor and university vice president for academic affairs and creating a Bloomington provost position with a focus mostly on that campus. Herbert's handling of the two-year search for a new Bloomington chancellor was among the chief complaints of faculty members as the resolution calling for his leadership review was debated.

Patrick Shoulders, vice president of IU's trustees, says the board did not force Herbert's decision.

"I think Dr. …

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