Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie appointed Fred Glass Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics on January 1, 2009, after one of the most tumultuous decades in the history of IU Athletics. The fifth IU athletic director in eight years, Glass was hired to heal and lead a department that had been rocked by the firing of a legendary basketball coach, the untimely death of a beloved football coach, and an infamous major NCAA infractions case. Since assuming this role, Glass has worked tirelessly to return his alma mater to its rightful place as one of the premier athletic departments in the country. His tenure has been marked by establishing clearly articulated priorities; instituting groundbreaking initiatives; dramatic improvements in fundraising, facilities, and fan experiences; and a deep commitment to the wellness, development, and achievement of the students under his charge.
Glass established five priorities for the department and its students which have become the hallmark of his tenure as athletic director: 1.) playing by the rules; 2.) being well in mind, body, and spirit; 3.) achieving academically; 4.) excelling athletically; and 5.) integrating with the rest of the University. Building on these priorities, Glass subsequently unveiled a creed that represents Indiana University Athletics’ core values describing who we are and who we want to be: The Spirit of Indiana: 24 Sports, One Team. To ensure that the department meets the promise of The Spirit of Indiana, Glass established The Excellence Academy which is emerging as one of the nation’s most innovative and comprehensive student development programs. Glass also established the Spirit of Indiana Showcase an annual awards gala celebrating our students’ top athletic and academic achievements as well as other talents. The Spirit of Indiana Director’s Award honors the senior male and female student who, on the whole, best personify the tenets of The Spirit of Indiana: 24 Sports, One Team. In 2014–building on the department’s priorities, Spirit of Indiana, and Excellence Academy–Glass unveiled the Indiana University Student-Athlete Bill of Rights, a first of its kind, 10-point document that sets forth the University’s commitment to students who participate in intercollegiate athletics during their time at IU and beyond
Glass is a double graduate of Indiana University and had been a well-known Indianapolis lawyer and civic leader before being named a vice president and the director of intercollegiate athletics at his alma mater. Born in Indianapolis, Glass earned bachelor’s and law degrees from IU in 1981 and 1984, respectively.
Glass played a central role in several major sports-related initiatives in Indianapolis, including negotiating the 30-year agreement to keep the Colts in Indianapolis, developing Lucas Oil Stadium and an expanded Indiana Convention Center, and helping to negotiate the arrangement to regularly bring Final Fours and other major NCAA events to the city. Formerly a partner in the law firm of Baker & Daniels, Glass served as chairman of the firm’s management committee and as the volunteer president of the city’s Capital Improvement Board. Glass also has served as Chief of Staff to then Governor Evan Bayh, Chairman of then Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson’s transition team, and in a number of other civic, legal, and sports related positions. Glass also served as president of the City of Indianapolis’ 2011 Super Bowl Bid Committee, which although not successful for that year, has been credited with successfully laying the groundwork for the city’s successful bid for 2012.
Upon his appointment of Glass, Indiana University President Michael McRobbie said, “In all of these major undertakings, Fred demonstrated a remarkable talent for leadership, for mastering the details of big challenges, for diplomacy, and for consensus building. He has a well-earned reputation as someone who can get the big things done. He is exactly the person we need to take on the challenges our Athletics Department will encounter in the next decade.”