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Monday, June 24, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "IU board pick might rub Hoosiers the wrong way"

Supplementing this ILB entry from June 21st, Eric Bradner of the Evansville Courier & Press wrote in his "Notebook" column yesterday why some people may object to Tobias' appointment to the IU Board of Trustees.

My objection, as I wrote in the earlier post, to the dual appointments of Tobias and James Morris, was different:

Both were undergrads with me, in the first half of the 1960s, although I didn't know them. No disrespect, but the role of the traditional university is currently beset from all sides, a revolution is underway, and it might be good to start replacing the "old guard" with some hipper, high-quality but more current, voices.
Bradner also writes that:
Derica Rice, who was reappointed to the board [by Pence], is the chief financial officer for Eli Lilly & Co.
That means at least two of the nine trustees have strong Lilly connections. Tobias was the CEO. Rice, who is currently CFO, was initally appointed by then-Gov. Daniels, also notably a Lilly alum. Morris, who Bradner writes, "was a member of the Indiana University board of trustees from 1996 to 2002 and was chair from 2000 to 2002," has been president of the Lilly Endowment. It seems like there is a very small universe from which governors select IU trustees.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 24, 2013 08:32 AM
Posted to Indiana Government