Kurt Zorn Appointed Assistant Vice Provost of Primary Training at IU Bloomington: IU Information: Indiana College
Zorn is currently Assistant Vice Provost of Basic Education and Professor at the Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He specializes in state and local public finance with expertise in tax policy, road safety, economic development and gambling.
Dennis Groth, who has held this position since 2013, is now interim dean of the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering. Under Groth’s direction, the office implemented a number of programs and initiatives to ensure the success of IU Bloomington students. These included improved academic and professional advice for students at IU Bloomington; the IU2U program, a series of on-site workshops to prepare incoming international students and their families for the IU; and the Office of Engaged Learning, which connects students with opportunities in research, internships, service learning, study abroad and capstone courses.
“Kurt’s many accomplishments and years of service at Indiana University speak volumes for his dedication to IU students and, in particular, that they leave IU with world-class education and experience that will prepare them for successful and meaningful careers,” said Robel. “His diverse teaching, research and services in the fields of business, public policy, international affairs and college sports make him very well suited to understanding what our students need to enter the global market that they will enter after graduation to be a leader. “
“For the past eleven years or more, I have had the privilege of working with two inspiring people – Sonya Stephens and Dennis Groth – who are role models when it comes to advocacy and innovation to support the success and well-being of our students.” Said anger. “It is both humbling and exciting to be asked to continue to work to enhance the aspirations and academic achievement of our students in collaboration with our campus partners and in conjunction with the talented cadre that makes up the Office of the Vice Provost for Basic Education , to support.”
Zorn has conducted research, consulted and taught tax policy and fiscal decentralization in international settings such as Egypt, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Russian Federation, China, Taiwan and the United Arab Emirates. His work spans three decades and more than 60 articles and book chapters. It has been published in journals including Public Budgeting & Finance, Economic Development Quarterly, Public Finance Quarterly, Growth and Change, Public Administration Review, and The Journal of the Transportation Research Forum. Zorn is co-author of the book “Why Airplane Crashes: Aviation Safety in a Changing World” published by Oxford University Press.
Zorn joined IU in 1980, serving as Director of State Relations, Advisor to the President, and Interim Dean and Assistant Dean of Academic and Tax Affairs at O’Neill. In addition to his academic duties, he serves as the Faculty of Athletics Representative for the Big Ten and the NCAA. He is a member of the Bloomington City Economic Development Board and a member of the Public Budget and Financial Editor.
He previously chaired the Tax Citizens Commission, established by then Indiana Governor Frank O’Bannon to formulate recommendations for improving the state and local tax system in Indiana. He has also served as chairman of the Indiana State Board of Tax Commissioners and has served as an advisor to Indiana State, Indiana Infrastructure Inc., the US Department of Commerce, the US Department of Transportation, and the Presidential Aviation Safety Commission. He has won several awards including the 2002-03 Gordon Faculty Award from the Indiana University Division of Student Affairs.
Zorn earned his Ph.D. and an MA in Economics from Syracuse University and a BA in Economics from the State University of New York at Albany.