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IU Trustee James Morris retires after decades of service

<p>Trustees MaryEllen Bishop and James Morris shake hands July 2019 at an IU Board of Trustees meeting. Morris retired from his position after more than two decades of service.</p>

Trustees MaryEllen Bishop and James Morris shake hands July 2019 at an IU Board of Trustees meeting. Morris retired from his position after more than two decades of service.

IU Board of Trustees member James Morris retired from his position on the board after more than two decades of service, according to a report from News at IU.

Morris was first elected by IU alumni to the board in 1996 and served until 2002. Morris was appointed to the board in 2013 and reappointed in 2016. Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb most recently reappointed  Morris in 2019.

"Jim Morris is an Indiana icon whose service to Indiana University has made our state and university stronger," IU President Pamela Whitten said in the report. "He serves as an example of what great heights IU graduates can reach once they leave our campuses, and we thank him for his tireless dedication to his alma mater."

Morris is the vice chairman of Pacers Sports and Entertainment, the company that owns the NBA’s Indiana Pacers and the WNBA’s Indiana Fever. He previously served as chief of staff to former Indianapolis mayor Richard Lugar, according to the report.

Holcomb will appoint a trustee to fill the vacancy on the board at a later date, according to the report.

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