Patrick O’Meara, an author, IU vice president emeritus and professor emeritus, died Tuesday morning, according to a press release from the university.
O’Meara retired from his academic career in 2011 after working at IU as the dean of International Programs, director of the African Studies Program and as a professor. He originally came to campus as a graduate student studying political science according to the realease.
O’Meara created IU’s international strategic plan, which sought to increase opportunities for students to study abroad and promote recruitment of international students.
"For many decades, Patrick O'Meara was truly Indiana University's ambassador to the world, representing the university with extraordinary grace, intelligence, professionalism, collegiality and distinction," IU President Michael McRobbie said in the Tuesday press release.
The Patrick O’Meara scholarship was founded in 2011 by IU to honor O’Meara’s contributions to the university’s legacy. Anyone who wishes to contribute to the scholarship can do so by donating to the IU Foundation.
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