The IU Center for Global Health has appointed Bart Peterson chair of the center’s development board. He is the former Indianapolis mayor and an Eli Lilly and Co. executive. Peterson will lead the development board’s work to advocate and fundraise for IU’s global health partnerships, such as the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare.

Peterson recently retired as senior vice president of corporate affairs and communications for Eli Lilly and Co., where he also served as a member of the company’s executive committee. From 2000 to 2007, Peterson served two terms as mayor of Indianapolis. He also served as president of the National League of Cities in 2007. As mayor, along with Indiana University, Purdue University, Lilly, and the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, he created BioCrossroads, a focused effort to push Indianapolis to the forefront as a life sciences capital. 

Peterson has served as a member of the center’s development board since 2015. He assumes the leadership role formerly held by Ora Pescovitz, MD.

Peterson is a member of the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs Dean’s Council and serves on the 16 Tech Community Corp. board of directors, which guides the development of the 16 Tech innovation district located on Indianapolis’s near northwest side. He is also board chair of The Mind Trust and serves on the board of the Regenstrief Foundation. Peterson received a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and earned his law degree at the University of Michigan Law School.