Indiana University’s vice president for government relations and economic engagement, Bill Stephan, has announced plans to retire from his full-time position after 20 years. IU says Stephan will continue his duties on a part-time basis, working on strategic projects beginning in the fall.
Stephan will officially step down from the full-time role on September 30.
“It’s been my great privilege and highlight of my career to serve Indiana University over the last two decades,” Stephan said. “I’m fortunate to have served with remarkable leaders and colleagues who work tirelessly to bring further distinction to this institution and the state it serves.”
Stephan is currently responsible for coordinating and connecting the university’s intellectual and creative resources. IU says his work involves strategic opportunities that nurture Indiana’s economic growth, while also leading IU’s government relations efforts at the state and federal level.
“Bill’s contributions will continue to impact the university for years to come and cannot be overstated, with his leadership covering multiple areas during his tenure, including government relations, economic engagement, marketing and communications, and corporate relations,” IU President Pamela Whitten said. “Bill led the development and execution of the university’s strategic plan for economic development, represented the university’s interests on numerous public and not-for-profit boards and committees, and secured significant grant funding in areas linked to life and health sciences.”
IU says it has already begun the search for Stephan’s successor with a search committee being led by J T. Forbes, chief executive officer of the IU Foundation.