Sen. Lugar joins University of Indianapolis as distinguished professor

Outgoing Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) is joining the University of Indianapolis as a distinguished professor in the university's Department of History and Political Science, the university and Lugar announced Friday.

The university is also establishing the Richard G. Lugar Academy, which will continue a daylong symposium named after Lugar and host speaking events.

Additionally, Lugar will deliver lectures hosted by the university in Indianapolis and in Washington, D.C.

"I look forward to sharing experiences and helping to shape student careers that will bring satisfaction to each student and a tremendous boost to progress in Indiana and the nation," Lugar said in a statement.

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Lugar has a longstanding relationship with the University of Indianapolis. He previously served on the university's board of trustees while he was mayor of Indianapolis. In 1976, he taught political science at the university while also running for the Senate.

"We couldn’t be more pleased that Sen. Lugar has selected UIndy as a home for his important post-Senate work," University of Indianapolis President Robert Manuel also said in the statement. "It’s difficult to imagine another individual with such a wealth of experience and such a willingness to share it with young people. With his help, we can provide an unparalleled opportunity for students pursuing careers in public service."

In May, Lugar was defeated by Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock in the Republican primary.