The Indiana University Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet at IUPUI Thursday, and it will be the first meeting of the board to include three new trustees recently appointed by Governor Mitch Daniels.
One of those three is Jack Gill, an IU alumnus and the founder of a venture capital firm that specializes in high-tech businesses. Gill says he hopes to us his experience in business to help raise the profile of IU. Gill calls IU a world-class institution, but he says the university’s strengths are under-utilized and under-appreciated. Gill says the quality and high-rankings achieved by many of the individual programs at IU are such that the university attracts many of the best and brightest worldwide. But, he says those students, particularly graduate students, are likely to leave Indiana for bigger academic and entrepreneurial centers after they graduate. Gill says IU has to work with the state and with Indiana businesses to develop more opportunities for IU grads.
On the trustee’s agenda Thursday will be the approval of IU president Michael McRobbie’s senior appointees, including IU Bloomington provost Karen Hanson. Gill says he hasn’t had a chance to review McRobbie’s choices yet, but says he knows McRobbie personally and has faith in his decisions. Gill’s business and philanthropic foundation are based in Houston, Texas, where he and his wife also keep their main residence. He also holds academic appointments at Harvard. He says while his interests are diverse and he spends time in multiple places, he has recently bought a condo in downtown Indianapolis and hopes to start focusing more of his attention on Indiana and IU.