COLUMBUS, INDIANA (July 11, 2016) – I.U. President Michael McRobbie to Keynote 40th Annual Meeting of Columbus Economic Development Board

The Columbus Economic Development Board today announced details of its upcoming Annual Meeting, to be held Monday, August 22, 2016, at the Commons in downtown Columbus at 11:30 AM – 1 PM.  Indiana University president Michael McRobbie will deliver the keynote address, emphasizing the connection between education and economic development.  The ticketed luncheon event will also include a special commemoration of the Economic Development Board’s 40th Anniversary along with the unveiling of new corporate branding for the organization and a report on activities designed to strengthen the local economy.

“Columbus is blessed with quality educational resources, and the important link between education and economic development is a topic that we are again pleased to feature during our annual meeting,” said Jason Hester, executive director.  “We are honored to have President McRobbie serve as this year’s keynote speaker, and we look forward to hearing his insights about opportunities to further strengthen ties between Columbus and Indiana University.”

Michael A. McRobbie became the 18th president of Indiana University on July 1, 2007. IU is one of the largest university systems in the U.S. with eight campuses, a total budget of more than $3 billion, and more than 9,000 faculty, 11,000 staff, and nearly 115,000 students, including those residing on the local campus of Indiana University Purdue University of Columbus (IUPUC).

As president, McRobbie has refocused IU around six Principles of Excellence—an excellent education, world-class research and scholarship, an outstanding faculty, enhanced international engagement, excellence in health sciences, and in engagement. Supporting these core principles is an essential framework of excellence in the four areas of advancement, infrastructure and facilities, information technology, and administration.