Education: Ph.D., Australian National University (1979); Honorary doctorates from the University of Queensland (2007), Sung Kyun Kwan University in Korea (2008), the Australia National University (2010), the South East European University in Macedonia (2011), and Griffith University in Australia (2014).
Before becoming the 18th president of IU in 2007, Michael A. McRobbie was vice president for information technology and chief information officer (1997), vice president for research (2003), and interim provost and vice president for academic affairs for IU Bloomington (2006).
He is a member and former chair of the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors, a member of the National Security Higher Education Advisory Board, and a member and former chair of University Research Associates—which is responsible for Fermi Lab.
President McRobbie holds faculty appointments in computer science, philosophy, cognitive science, informatics, library and information science, and computer technology, and has been an active researcher in information technology and logic over his career, receiving several major grants, and publishing a number of books and articles.
He was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2012 and is an honorary fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities. In 2007, he was made a Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest honor the State of Indiana can bestow on a private individual. In 2010, he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia by Australia's national honors system. In 2012, he was listed as one of America's 10 most popular university presidents. In 2013, Thailand's National Institute for Development Administration awarded him its Prince Naradhip Bongsprabandha Plaque for services to international education. In 2014, McRobbie received the Anti-Defamation League's Man of Achievement Award.