Now leaving the Senate as its most senior Republican and Indiana's longest-serving member of Congress, Lugar said he looks forwarding to continuing his career in public service and his commitment to inspiring future generations of leaders."I always have found UIndy students especially interested in preparing for leadership roles in campus and civic activities and potential political and public service opportunities," Lugar said. "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." First elected to the Senate in 1976, Lugar is best known for his work on agriculture, trade, energy security and especially foreign relations, including his sponsorship of the 1991 Nunn-Lugar Act to eliminate stockpiles of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. A Rhodes Scholar and Navy veteran, he previously served two terms as mayor of Indianapolis, where he crafted a unified city-county government system credited with launching an era of economic and cultural growth in central Indiana. The new Lugar Academy's executive director will be Lara Mann, who is special assistant to President Manuel and has led UIndy's Lugar Center since its formation in 2007. A graduate of the University of Dayton School of Law, she has a substantial background in higher education along with previous experience as case law editor for the LexisNexis database, management development specialist for the Ohio School Boards Association and field investigator for the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. About the Lugar-UIndy connection The University of Indianapolis and Senator Richard G. Lugar have enjoyed a long and rewarding relationship since 1970, when he accepted an invitation to join the UIndy Board of Trustees while serving as mayor of Indianapolis. In 1976, at the conclusion of his tenure as mayor, Lugar taught political science at UIndy while running for the U.S. Senate. Students had a front-row seat to history as they followed the campaign, watched election returns with their professor, and then welcomed the victorious candidate back in class the following day.