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IU Southeast
Spring 2011 7
Cochran retires from IU
After nearly a decade at IU Southeast,
William C. “Bill” Cochran retired in
December 2011. 
He received the Distinguished Service
Medal from IU President Michael
McRobbie in December in recognition
of his years of service to IU Southeast.
Cochran worked at IU Southeast
since 2002. As part of the Alumni
and Community Relations staff,
he was instrumental in helping to
further the mission of the University.
He championed multiple causes and
secured financial support for several
IU Southeast projects over the years,
including the IU Southeast Library,
Knobview Hall, and the IU Southeast
He also collaborated with local
organizations like the Clark-Floyd
Counties Convention & Tourism Bureau
on projects that benefited both the
University and the community, such as
the new lighting on the IU Southeast
baseball field.
The New Albany native represented
the 72nd District in the Indiana House
of Representatives from 1974 to 2008.
As a State Representative, Cochran
served on several standing committees
including the Ways & Means, Judiciary,
and Public Policy committees.
In 2000, Cochran received the Welsh-
Bowen Distinguished Public Official
Award from Hoosiers for Higher
Education. HHE awards the Welsh-
Bowen Distinguished Public Official
Award to an elected official at any
level of government who has made
significant contributions to higher
education and Indiana University. 
In 2009, he was honored with the
Sagamore of the Wabash award, an
award given by the governor of Indiana
to outstanding citizens.
“This campus would not look the
way it does today without Bill,” said
Chancellor Sandra R. Patterson-
Randles. “He has been one of our
strongest supporters over the years,
and we could not have made these
strides without his assistance.”
Cochran’s last day was Dec. 15, 2011.
IU President Michael McRobbie and IU Southeast Chancellor Sandra Patterson-Randles present Bill Cochran, right, with the Distinguished Service Medal.
Cochran and his wife, Judy.