Bill Plater


William M. Plater served as the chief academic officer at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) for 19 years (1987-2006), Director of the Office of International and Community Development (2006-10), and retired as Indiana University Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus of Public Affairs, Philanthropic Studies, and English in 2010. Earlier, he served as Dean of Liberal Arts at IUPUI (1983-87), Associate Director of the School of Humanities (1977-83 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), and as Director of Unit One, a residential living-learning program he helped create in 1971, also at UIUC.

He is currently Research Director for Civic Learning and Community Engagement for the Global Common Good at Laureate Education, Inc., a global network of more than 70 campus-based and online universities in 25 countries. He also serves as Senior Scholar at The Quality Assurance Commons for Postsecondary and Higher Education.