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Lugar goes to academia

Lugar goes to academia

While his former Senate Foreign Relations Committee counterpart John Kerry looks forward to becoming Secretary of State, former Sen. Richard Lugar plans to assume a post at Indiana University.

After achieving the distinction of being Indiana’s longest serving senator with 36 years in office, Lugar lost his 2012 primary race to Richard Mourdock, who subsequently lost his general election race to Joe Donnelly. Now, Lugar will become a distinguished scholar and professor of practice at Indiana University’s School of Global and International Studies, the school announced today.

"I am delighted to be joining Indiana University’s outstanding faculty," Lugar said in a statement put out by the university. "I look forward to engaging with students as we take advantage of the opportunities that this unique and exciting moment in world history affords us. Much is at stake, and much will be accomplished at IU."

Lugar will also donate all his political papers to the university and co-chair a new international advisory committee at the school with former Rep. Lee Hamilton, who already works there.

"Along with another of our nation’s most respected statesmen, former Hoosier Representative Lee Hamilton, [Lugar] will serve as an enormous asset for our students as well as our faculty studying all aspects of international affairs and foreign policy, as well as for IU, as a whole, as we seek to continue to grow and strengthen our presence around the globe," said IU President Michael McRobbie.