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Mike Sample

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Vice President, Public Affairs and Government Relations
Bryan Hall 300
107 S. Indiana Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone: (812) 855-0850
mmsample[at]iu [dot] edu

Since May of 2005, Michael M. Sample has served as Indiana University’s vice president for university relations. On July 2, 2007, he was named vice president for public affairs and government relations.

Sample reports directly to the university president and oversees university-wide programs in state and federal government relations, internal and external communications, media relations and other public outreach activities.

Sample has an extensive background in policy development, corporate communications, public affairs and international business development. Following the election of Mitch Daniels as Governor of Indiana in 2004 he served on the gubernatorial transition team, focusing on utility regulation issues.

From 1983 to 1998, he was employed by PSI Resources and its successor, Cinergy Corp., where he was responsible for initiating and developing international business ventures, including successful investments in South America and the United Kingdom.

At PSI, he also held the position of vice president of corporate affairs for eight years with primary responsibility for corporate communications and government relations. Prior to that, he served as PSI's federal affairs representative in Washington, DC.

In 1985, Sample negotiated a $2.7 billion settlement with the state of Indiana in connection with the shutdown of PSI's Marble Hill nuclear power plant project. The settlement enabled PSI to end the project and maintain fiscal solvency. He also devised a political and communications strategy that the Wall Street Journal credited with enabling PSI to successfully defend itself against a hostile takeover attempt by a neighboring company. In subsequent years, PSI completed a series of mergers and now is a part of the nation's largest electric utility company, Duke Energy.

Before joining PSI in 1983, Sample spent seven years as a special assistant to U.S. Rep. Elwood H. (Bud) Hillis working both in Indiana and Washington, DC.

Sample has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Indiana University Bloomington and an advanced management certificate from Oxford University’s Templeton College in the United Kingdom. He served in the U.S. Army from 1972 to 1974.

Sample and his wife, Jhani Laupus, also an IU graduate and IU School of Law graduate, live in Indianapolis and have two grown sons.