Former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar announced Thursday he would join the Indiana University staff as a professor.
Lugar accepted the position in the university’s new School of Global and International Studies. He will also co-chair the new IU International Advisory Committee with former U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton.
“I am delighted to be joining Indiana University’s outstanding faculty,” Lugar said. “Under President McRobbie, IU is now positioned to leap into the very top tier of American universities studying foreign policy through its new School of Global and International Studies. I look forward to engaging with students as we take advantage of the opportunities that this unique and exciting moment in world history affords us. Much is at stake, and much will be accomplished at IU.”
The university also announced Lugar donated his historic senatorial papers to the university, which will be added to the Modern Political Papers collection, located at the Herman B Wells Library on the Bloomington campus.
“This is a historic day for Indiana University and its new School of Global and International Studies,” McRobbie said. “Senator Lugar is one of this nation’s foremost statesmen, a dedicated public servant and a longtime champion of global engagement, and he is renowned and admired for his work in the United States Senate spanning the most critical issues facing our nation and world. To his new role as professor of practice and distinguished scholar at the School of Global and International Studies, he will bring a lifetime of experience and activity pertaining to the global challenges our students will face and navigate as citizens in the 21st century and in a post-9/11 society.
“Along with another of our nation’s most respected statesmen, former Hoosier Representative Lee Hamilton, he will serve as an enormous asset for our students as well as our faculty studying all aspects of international affairs and foreign policy, as well as for IU, as a whole, as we seek to continue to grow and strengthen our presence around the globe.
“Lee Hamilton has played an important role at Indiana University in directing the Center on Congress for the past 14 years,” McRobbie said. “We are honored that he will now be playing an even greater role as he joins his former colleague Dick Lugar at IU’s new school. Together they will bring unparalleled wisdom and experience to the school and to the entire IU community.
“We are equally pleased and honored that Senator Lugar has chosen IU as the home for his political papers and that these will join the papers of Congressman Hamilton. The senator’s papers represent a treasure trove of insights into the major political and global issues of our times and will serve as an invaluable resource for Hoosier students and researchers.”
Lugar, who served 36 years in office, ended his six terms as senator on Jan. 3.