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Annual Conference


Bill Stephan

William Stephan photo
Vice President for Engagement, Office of the Vice President for Engagement
wstephan[at]indiana [dot] edu

William Stephan serves as Indiana University’s vice president for engagement, a new 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, with extensive experience in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. After serving for six years as chief magistrate at the Marion Superior Court Juvenile Division, he joined the administration of former Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith, where he helped direct social and workforce policy and later served as chief of staff and special counsel to the mayor. 

Stephan also served as president and CEO of the Indianapolis Private Industry Council (IPIC), the state’s largest local workforce development organization with responsibility for workforce development policy, planning, and brokering of human capital resources. In 2000, he joined Indiana University as assistant vice president for economic development in the Office of the Vice President for Information Technology and subsequently worked as 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—Indiana University’s health care partner and 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 technology commercialization efforts and serving as corporate liaison to Clarian Health.

Stephan holds a B.S. in economics from Arizona State University and a J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law—Indianapolis. He and his wife, Carol, have two children.

Session title: "Welcome and Conference Expectations"

For more information about this session, see the program.