Fred Glass

Partner at Taft Law, IU Athletic Director '09-20 and IU Alumnus '81 and '84

Counsel for Hoosiers For Good

Fred Glass is a prominent Indianapolis attorney and civic leader who served as Indiana University’s athletic director for nearly twelve years and is now a partner in the law firm Taft Stettinius & Hollister.  He and his wife Barbara have four children, a son-in-law, a daughter-in-law, and five grandchildren.

Fred served as IU’s athletic director and a vice-president from January, 2009, through its Bicentennial Year ending in June, 2020.  During this time, he led a cultural and physical rebuild of the athletic department including record-setting academic, athletic, fundraising, fiscal management, and facility successes, as well as a nationally-recognized commitment to rules compliance and the holistic development of the students under his charge.

Before his appointment at IU, Fred was a partner for 15 years at Baker & Daniels (now Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath) practicing general corporate law and also served as the chair of the firm’s management committee.  He also served as president of the Marion County Capital Improvement Board where he led successful negotiations to keep the Colts in Indianapolis, regularly host NCAA Final Fours, develop Lucas Oil Stadium, and dramatically expand the Indiana Convention Center.  Fred also led the effort for Indianapolis to host the Super Bowl, laying the groundwork for its successful 2012 bid.

Fred previously served as chief of staff to Indiana Governor Evan Bayh and was a law clerk for Judge S. Hugh Dillin for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.  He graduated from Indiana University in 1981 and its McKinney School of Law in 1984, cum laude.  Fred serves and has served on a variety of civic, legal, educational, political, and sports-related boards and projects, including as chair of the Indiana Clinton/Gore Presidential campaign and as the first alumnus to chair the Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School Board of Trustees