IU Bloomington's Chief Academic Officer
John S. Applegate is Interim Provost and Executive Vice President of the Indiana University Bloomington campus, a position he assumed on July 1, 2021. He has served in senior university roles since 2008, most recently as Executive Vice President for University Academic Affairs. As interim Provost and Executive Vice President, he is the chief academic officer of IU’s flagship residential and research campus, with overall responsibility for the campus’s operations. He continues previous university-wide roles in public safety and student systems.
In appointing him interim provost and Executive Vice President, President McRobbie noted, “John of course needs little introduction to the Bloomington campus or the broader IU community. He is the James L. Calamaras Professor of Law in the Maurer School of Law and has been an outstanding administrator in the school, on the Bloomington campus and within the whole university for over 20 years.”
As a faculty member in the Maurer School of Law, Applegate was appointed as Indiana University’s first Presidential Fellow in 2006, a role through which he served both President Emeritus Adam Herbert and President Emeritus and University Chancellor Michael McRobbie. He was named IU’s first Vice President for Planning and Policy in July 2008. In March 2010, his portfolio expanded in the role of Vice President for University Regional Affairs, Planning, and Policy; and in 2013, he was named Executive Vice President for University Academic Affairs, his most recent position. In that role, Applegate had responsibility for coordination of university academic initiatives and programs, oversight of IU’s five regional campuses, online education, strategic planning (including the university’s Bicentennial Strategic Plan, 2015-2020), external academic relations, enterprise student and academic systems, and university policies. He also oversaw public safety functions (police, emergency management, and environmental health and safety) across all campuses. With academic, public safety, and administrative responsibilities, Applegate has had a central role in IU’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A distinguished environmental law scholar, Applegate joined the IU faculty in 1998. He was named the Walter W. Foskett Professor of Law in 2002, and the Calamaras Professor of Law in 2020. Applegate served as the school’s executive associate dean for academic affairs from 2002-2009. He holds a law degree from Harvard Law School and a bachelor’s degree in English from Haverford College.
Internationally recognized for his work in environmental risk assessment and chemical regulation, Applegate has written numerous books and articles on environmental law – including the leading textbook on the regulation of toxic substances and hazardous wastes – management of defense nuclear waste, public participation in environmental decisions, and international environmental law. He has served on advisory boards for the U.S. Department of Energy, National Academies of Sciences study committees, and was a member of the Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board of the National Academies of Sciences. In 2020, he was named a National Associate of the National Academies in recognition of his service.
Before coming to IU, Applegate was the James B. Helmer, Jr. Professor of Law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. He also was a visiting professor at the Vanderbilt University School of Law. From 1983 to 1987, Applegate practiced environmental law in Washington, D.C., with the law firm of Covington & Burling. He clerked for the late Judge Edward S. Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Provost Applegate lives in Bloomington with his wife, Amy G. Applegate, clinical professor of law at the Maurer School of Law and director of the Viola J. Taliaferro Family and Children Mediation Clinic. Their children are Jesse, who lives in Portland, Maine, with his wife, Melanie, and their son Jacob; Jamey, who lives in Indianapolis with his wife, Natalie; and Gillian, who lives in New York City.