The Office of Strategic Campus Advancement ensures that IU Bloomington’s arts and humanities programs, practitioners, and institutions have the financial support and long term stability to serve both the campus and the state. The office helps unite the IU community with cities across the state through gift opportunities that promote cultural exchange, artistic expression, and community networking.
Helene O'Leary is the assistant provost for Strategic Campus Advancement in the Office of the Provost & Executive Vice President. The position was created in 2017 to ensure that IU Bloomington’s cultural and artistic venues and activities are supported to serve the campus's 65,000 students, faculty, and staff, as well as Indiana communities and K-12 schools that depend on the university's offerings as a key part of the creative and cultural landscape of southern Indiana.
As assistant provost, O'Leary works in lockstep with the campus Arts and Humanities Council, led by associate vice provost for the arts and humanities Ed Comentale in the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, supporting the growth of such Arts & Humanities Council initiatives as First Thursdays, the annual Global Arts & Humanities Festival, and the summer festival, Granfalloon: A Kurt Vonnegut Convergence.
The office also supports development efforts for the Arts and Humanities Council, Archives of African American Music and Culture, African American Arts Institute, IU Auditorium, Campus Collections, IU Cinema, Eskenazi Muzeum of Art, Mathers Museum of World Cultures, WFIU/WTIU, and the IU Libraries, which includes the Wells Library, Lilly Library, IU Press, Moving Image Archive, Wylie House and University Archives.
O'Leary has served in development roles for IU for two decades, securing $62 million in support of multiple schools and university priorities including the IU Libraries, the School of Optometry, Women's Philanthropy, IU Cinema and the Kinsey Institute, and as part of the IU Foundation's Major Giving and Annual Giving teams. During her tenure, O'Leary has led her teams to surpass their goals in the Matching the Promise Campaign. In the 2017 "For All" bicentennial campaign, the IU Libraries became the first Bloomington unit to surpass its goal.
O'Leary reports to Provost & Executive Vice President Lauren Robel.
On the Bloomington campus, we aim to make every student a fierce and informed advocate for the arts and humanities for life. We do so by integrating the arts and humanities into the educational experience of every student and the cultural life of the entire campus, so that encounters with artistic expressions and humanistic inquiries are pervasive, entrancing, and inevitable. I invite you to join us as we champion the arts and humanities for future generations.Provost Lauren Robel
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