Bill Stephan serves as Indiana University’s Vice President for Engagement, a role established in 2007 by President Michael McRobbie. Stephan is responsible for coordinating and connecting the university’s vast intellectual and creative resources with strategic opportunities that foster Indiana’s economic growth and enhance the quality of life for all Hoosiers.
An Indiana native, Stephan is an attorney by profession. He served for six years as chief magistrate at the Marion Superior Court Juvenile Division, before joining the administration of former Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith, where he helped direct social and workforce development policy and later became chief of staff and special counsel to the mayor.
Stephan also served as President and CEO of the Indianapolis Private Industry Council, the state’s largest local workforce development organization.
In 2000, he joined Indiana University as Assistant Vice President for Economic Development and was subsequently appointed Vice President for University Relations and Corporate Partnerships, where he helped craft the university’s strategic plan for economic development.
Early in 2005, Stephan became Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications and Community Relations at Clarian Health (now Indiana University Health)–one of the nation’s largest health care systems. He returned to IU in the fall of 2007 in his current position, which includes oversight for all of the university’s functions linked to economic development, technology commercialization, and marketing.
Stephan holds a B.S. in economics from Arizona State University and a J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law—Indianapolis.