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IU Public Policy Institute Chief Retires Next Year

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October 14, 2013 —

INDIANAPOLIS – One of the state’s foremost public-policy leaders is stepping down from his role at Indiana University. John L. Krauss, 65, the founding director of the IU Public Policy Institute, will leave the university in May – taking advantage of a one-time early-retirement option offered to IU faculty and staff.

IUPUI Chancellor Charles Bantz said Krauss has had a big impact on the university and the people it serves.

“John is the perfect illustration of someone who’s combined a career in public service with an academic program,” Bantz saud. “Under John’s leadership, the IU Public Policy Institute has translated research into real-world practice and delivered exceptional service throughout Indiana and beyond.”

Krauss’ 40-year public-service career includes leadership roles with Indianapolis Mayors Richard Lugar and William Hudnut, co-founding the IU Center for Urban Policy and the Environment, founding the IU Public Policy Institute, and raising millions of dollars in outside funding to support the Institute’s work.

Krauss began his public service career in 1971 when he served as an assistant to Indiana Gov. Edgar Whitcomb. In 1972, Krauss joined Lugar’s administration as executive director of the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee.

Under Hudnut, Krauss was deputy mayor from 1982-1991 and was part of the effort that led to the successful completion of Circle Centre in downtown Indianapolis.

Krauss joined the IU faculty in 1991 and co-founded and directed IU’s Center for Urban Policy and the Environment.  In 2008, Krauss led the formation of the IU Public Policy Institute.

Under Krauss’ leadership, the Public Policy Institute has worked for more than 150 local and state governmental units, businesses, foundations, and nonprofit organizations and published more than 1,000 reports, articles, and briefs to help community leaders and policymakers understand the long-term effects of possible policy and funding choices.

“When I joined IU in 1991, I had no idea that my public affairs colleagues and I would get to affect so many issues for so many policymakers statewide and beyond,” said Krauss. “I’m so grateful to IU, to Lilly Endowment and to all the clients who’ve entrusted us with the research and analysis they’ve needed to help them make better-informed decisions. It’s truly been an honor to serve. ”

Former Indiana Supreme Court Justice Randall Shepard, who chairs the Public Policy Institute’s advisory board, and David Reingold, executive associate dean for IU’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs will co-chair the national search for Krauss’ replacement.

Krauss plans to continue mediation, strategic public-policy consulting and teaching at the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law, as well as working with Bantz on an urban-serving universities coalition.

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