IU President McRobbie visits IUSM-Evansville
June 5, 2014
IU President Michael A. McRobbie recently paid a visit to southern Indiana to visit the future site of a new multidisciplinary academic medical education center in downtown Evansville, Ind.
McRobbie traveled to the city May 6 to review the recently selected location of the new center, which will house programs from the IU School of Medicine and the IU School of Dentistry, as well as Ivy Tech Community College, the University of Southern Indiana and the University of Evansville.
The $69.5 million, 170,000-square-foot project, which was selected from among four proposals, was officially recommended to the IU Board of Trustees on April 11.
The day-long visit included a tour of the future construction site and a stakeholders' summit at the Tropicana Executive Conference Center in downtown Evansville. Stakeholders in the new campus include IU, University of Southern Indiana, University of Evansville and Ivy Tech -- as well as local hospitals and the city of Evansville. Over 1,800 students are expected to attend the campus when it opens in the fall of 2017.
The new medical school complex will be in the heart of downtown, sitation between the Ford Center and the convention hotel.
Additional presenters at the event included Steven Becker, M.D., associate dean and director of the IU School of Medicine-Evansville; Kirk White, assistant vice president for strategic partnerships at IU; Lloyd Winnecke, mayor of Evansville, who discussed the project's progress and timeline; and Bob Jones, CEO of the Old National Bank, who reviewed a public art initiative related to the site. IU Board Trustee Patrick Shoulders, a native of Evansville, delivered closing remarks.
McRobbie also participated in an alumni reception at Old National Bank, Evanville, and delivered an address to 350 attendees during a luncheon with the Rotary Club of Evansville.
Media present to interview the president included WNIN public radio and television and the Evansville Courier & Press.
The expected completion date for the project is late 2017.