Academy brings Senator Lugar back as Distinguished Professor


cover-photoThe eyes of the world were on U.S. Senator Richard G. Lugar last fall as he prepared to leave office and finally reveal his plans for the future. At a December press conference that made international news, Lugar and UIndy President Robert Manuel announced the formation of the Richard G. Lugar Academy.  The Nobel Peace Prize nominee is now a Distinguished Professor in UIndy’s History, Political Science & International Relations department and has been instrumental in helping the University establish a high-level Washington, D.C., internship and study program for students from Indiana and across the nation.

In January, the University opened a branch office in Washington with a full-time staff member to support the new internship program and related conferences, symposia, policy studies, and other Academy activities.
Beginning this fall, students enrolling in the Washington Semester will divide their time between classes and seminars on national and global issues and professional experience in settings such as congressional offices, federal agencies, think tanks, embassies, international organizations, or government relations firms. They also will interact with Lugar and enjoy tours and cultural outings organized by Academy staff. The Academy will continue the popular Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders, an annual daylong program founded in 1977 that allows Indiana’s top high school juniors to explore national and international issues.

Lugar returns to the UIndy faculty after a brief stint in the 1970s. He will visit campus regularly to deliver lectures and interact with students and faculty. His first visit came in February, when he spoke with students in an International Relations course on global politics and nuclear proliferation. Lugar also will participate in events in Washington for internship participants and the public.The Academy represents the evolution of UIndy’s Lugar Center for Tomorrow’s Leaders, established in 2007 to coordinate the senator’s annual symposium. Lugar expressed enthusiasm about continuing his career in public service and his commitment to inspiring future leaders.

Lugar left the Senate as its most senior Republican and Indiana’s longest-serving member of Congress. First elected to the Senate in 1976, Lugar is best known for his work on agriculture, trade, energy security, and especially foreign relations, including his co-sponsorship of the 1991 Nunn-Lugar Act to eliminate stockpiles of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons. A Rhodes Scholar and Navy veteran, he served two terms as mayor of Indianapolis, crafting a unified city-county government system credited with launching an era of economic and cultural growth in central Indiana.

UIndy & the Senator

The University of Indianapolis and Senator Richard G. Lugar have enjoyed a long and rewarding relationship since 1970, when he accepted an invitation to join the UIndy Board of Trustees while serving as mayor of Indianapolis. In 1976, at the conclusion of his tenure as mayor, Lugar taught political science at UIndy while running for the Senate. Students had a front-row seat to history as they followed the campaign, watched election returns with their professor, then welcomed the victorious candidate back in class the next day.
For 36 years, the Senator has relished the opportunity to continue to connect with young people via the annual Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders at UIndy, when he delivers the keynote address and meets with outstanding high school juniors from around the state.

Lugar received an honorary degree from the University in 1970 and spoke at commencement in 1971. While rising to leadership positions in the Senate and becoming a statesman of international renown, the Senator remained on the UIndy Board of Trustees for 32 years, earning the designation of Distinguished Trustee upon retiring from the board in 2002.