Indiana University's Presidential Appointment Carries Historic Significance

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Indiana University's Presidential Appointment Carries Historic Significance


BLOOMINGTON, IND.

Dr. Adam W. Herbert received unanimous approval from the Indiana University Board of Trustees last month, making him the school's first Black president. He takes over Aug. 1.

Herbert has 35 years of experience as a teacher, researcher and college administrator. Since 2001, he has been the founding executive director of the Florida Center for Public Policy and Leadership Development, a think tank at the University of North Florida.

He said he looked forward to the responsibility of serving as steward of one of Indiana's "most valuable assets."

"Over the years ahead, I will never forget that every IU president has an obligation to enhance your university and ultimately leave it even stronger and more distinguished than when we have found it," he says.

Herbert takes charge of a university facing tight budget constraints and increasing pressure to help boost the state's economy. But he said it was the university's position as a top research school, emphasis on potential job-building programs such as life sciences, and strategic location that swayed him to accept the job.

He also said he would continue aggressively pushing for increased state and federal funding, calling it an obligation to help elected officials understand the long-term consequences of university budget cuts.

Herbert was president of the University of North Florida in Jacksonville from 1989 to 1998. …

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