John L. Krauss, '76, to Step Down from IU Public Policy Institute


John KraussJohn L. Krauss, ’76, will step down in May from his position as director of the Indiana University Public Policy Institute, which he founded. Krauss is known for helping political leaders understand and take stock of the policy options they face so that they can make well-informed decisions. This has been true from the early days of his career, when he served as an assistant to then-Indiana Governor Edgar Whitcomb, ’50, through his time serving Indianapolis Mayors Richard Lugar and William Hudnut – Krauss served as a deputy mayor in the Hudnut administration, and through his career at Indiana University.

“John has been such a great friend to his alma mater for so many years,” said IU McKinney Dean Andy Klein. “We are happy he will be taking up residence in part at the law school after his retirement and we look forward to many more years of fruitful collaboration.”

In addition to teaching as an adjunct professor at IU McKinney, Krauss also directs the law school’s “Public Policy Mediation within State Government” course, part of the Program on Law and State Government. The course offers law students mediation training, instruction on substantive aspects of public policy mediation in a state government setting, and the chance to take part in the mediation process with an experienced mediator. The course is also open to attorneys and judges.

In honor of Krauss’ career as director of the IU Public Policy Institute and as a clinical professor at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the John L. Krauss Award for Public Policy Innovation is being established. The award will be given biennially to an individual for applied research or activities that create real world differences and help Indiana and its communities move forward. The inaugural winner will be announced in fall 2014.

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