UPDATE: McRobbie lauds Glass' track record

Anthony Schoettle
October 28, 2008
Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

Indiana University President Michael McRobbie said after he met with the finalists in contention to become the university's next athletic director, there was no doubt in his mind that Indianapolis attorney Fred Glass was the man for the job.

"When I kept reflecting on all the characteristics I wanted, I kept returning to Fred Glass," McRobbie said at a news conference this morning announcing that Glass would replace outgoing athletic director Rick Greenspan on Jan. 2. "Fred is a strong Hoosier leader who has taken on tough issues."

McRobbie said Glass' position as a partner with Baker & Daniels as well as his experience as president of the Capital Improvement Board and stint as Gov. Evan Bayh's chief of staff convinced him Glass was the right person. He also lauded Glass' proven track record as a "fundraiser and consensus builder."

McRobbie added that he was swayed by endorsements from legendary former collegiate coach and athletic administrator C.M. Newton and Gerald L. Bepko, chancellor emeritus at IUPUI.

"I was greatly impressed with Fred Glass," McRobbie said. "He knows first hand the greatness of Indiana University's students, faculty and staff."

Glass said it didn't take a great deal of convincing for him to leave Baker & Daniels, where he has practiced for 15 years, for IU. He said he met with Greenspan and all the coaches this morning before the news conference, and expects a "seamless" transition.

"The opportunity to serve as the athletic director of IU is the most exciting ... thing I've ever done in my professional life," said Glass, who has been a member of the IU Alumni Association for 25 years and served on the board of the school's College of Arts and Sciences the last six years.

Glass said he plans to focus on three things as athletic director: "Comprehensive compliance, academic achievement and excellence in athletics."

"Part of the reason I took this job is because I like challenges, and I don't think there will be a shortage of those," Glass said. "I'm accepting this job because I love big, tough jobs.

"I feel like I sort of accidentally, during my whole professional career, was groomed for this job."

Despite naming comprehensive compliance as his No. 1 priority, Glass said that doesn't mean he won't expect the school's sports programs to be winners.

"I expect excellence in all the programs," Glass said. "We're going to recruit aggressively and appropriately. But we're going to follow the rules."

Last year, the NCAA found that coaches within the men's basketball program made numerous impermissible phone calls to recruits. Later, the NCAA charged that Greenspan and his staff failed to monitor the basketball coaches in question.

Sanctions on those findings are expected to be handed down before year end.

For more on IU's new athletic director, go to IBJ's sports business blog, The Score.


Post a comment to this story

We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
Subscribe to IBJ
  1. Hiking blocks to an office after fighting traffic is not logical. Having office buildings around the loop, 465 and in cities in surrounding counties is logical. In other words, counties around Indianapolis need office buildings like Keystone, Meridian, Michigan Road/College Park and then no need to go downtown. Financial, legal, professional businesses don't need the downtown when Carmel, Fishers, North Indy are building their own central office buildings close to the professionals. The more Hamilton, Boone county attract professionals, the less downtown is relevant. Highrises have no meaning if they don't have adequate parking for professionals and clients. Great for show, but not exactly downtown Chicago, no lakefront, no river to speak of, and no view from highrises of lake Michigan and the magnificent mile. Indianapolis has no view.

  2. "The car count, THE SERIES, THE RACING, THE RATINGS, THE ATTENDANCE< AND THE MANAGEMENT, EVERY season is sub-par." ______________ You're welcome!

  3. that it actually looked a lot like Sato v Franchitti @Houston. And judging from Dario's marble mouthed presentation providing "color", I'd say that he still suffers from his Dallara inflicted head injury._______Considering that the Formula E cars weren't going that quickly at that exact moment, that was impressive air time. But I guess we shouldn't be surprised, as Dallara is the only car builder that needs an FAA certification for their cars. But flying Dallaras aren't new. Just ask Dan Wheldon.

  4. Does anyone know how and where I can get involved and included?

  5. While the data supporting the success of educating our preschoolers is significant, the method of reaching this age group should be multi-faceted. Getting business involved in support of early childhood education is needed. But the ways for businesses to be involved are not just giving money to programs and services. Corporations and businesses educating their own workforce in the importance of sending a child to kindergarten prepared to learn is an alternative way that needs to be addressed. Helping parents prepare their children for school and be involved is a proven method for success. However, many parents are not sure how to help their children. The public is often led to think that preschool education happens only in schools, daycare, or learning centers but parents and other family members along with pediatricians, librarians, museums, etc. are valuable resources in educating our youngsters. When parents are informed through work lunch hour workshops in educating a young child, website exposure to exceptional teaching ideas that illustrate how to encourage learning for fun, media input, and directed community focus on early childhood that is when a difference will be seen. As a society we all need to look outside the normal paths of educating and reaching preschoolers. It is when methods of involving the most important adult in a child's life - a parent, that real success in educating our future workers will occur. The website www.ifnotyouwho.org is free and illustrates activities that are research-based, easy to follow and fun! Businesses should be encouraging their workers to tackle this issue and this website makes it easy for parents to be involved. The focus of preschool education should be to inspire all the adults in a preschooler's life to be aware of what they can do to prepare a child for their future life. Fortunately we now know best practices to prepare a child for a successful start to school. Is the business community ready to be involved in educating preschoolers when it becomes more than a donation but a challenge to their own workers?