9 July 2010

Professor Michael McRobbie AO
, world-renowned Australian-born educationalist visited The Con on Tuesday and was surprised to be greeted by a splendid brass fanfare from a twelve-piece band. The welcome was arranged as a special greeting for her old colleague by the Dean and Principal of the Sydney Conservatorium, Professor Kim Walker. The Con is the venue this week for the 35th Annual Conference of the International Trumpet Guild, so there was no shortage of trumpeters!

Australian-born McRobbie is the 18th President of Indiana University, whose School of Music is a jewel in the crown of their main Bloomington campus.

Last month he was appointed an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia. The citation accompanying the award reads:"For distinguished service to tertiary education, particularly through administrative roles and to contributions in the field of information technology and in developing international alliances between universities."

Professor McRobbie went to the US from Australia in 1997 to serve as the university's first vice-president of information technology and chief information officer. He later assumed the additional duties of vice-president for research.

In 2006, he was named interim provost and vice-president for academic affairs at the Bloomington campus, and in 2007 he was chosen by the IU Board of Trustees to become the university's 18th president.

Prior to moving to Indiana he was a professor and executive director of the Centre for Information Science Research, Institute of Advanced Studies at the Australian National University in Canberra.

During his time at Indiana, he has initiated cooperative agreements in research and education with leading universities in Australia, China, South Korea, Japan and Israel.

"Michael is not only a charismatic and articulate leader, but someone who has advanced Indiana University through technology, research and the Arts," commented Professor Kim Walker.

"He has long been committed to supporting creative activities such as music, as well as the cutting edge scientific research and broad comprehensive education so evident at Indiana University."

"It was a great pleasure to see him again. We have several alumni and colleagues from Indiana here in Sydney."

Contact: Mick Le Moignan

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