James Schellinger, former commerce secretary, joins Butler University


Roughly eight months after leaving his cabinet post as Indiana’s commerce secretary, James A. Schellinger has a new job. 

On Monday, Butler University announced that Schellinger has joined the school as ambassador of global relations in the Office of the President.

Schellinger will work closely with Butler President James Danko and the university’s Office of Strategic Engagement, according to the news release. The newly-formed office is tasked with expanding Butler’s key mutually-beneficial external alliances to elevate the school’s priorities and significance locally, nationally and globally. 

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“Jim Schellinger is uniquely qualified to further enhance the reputation and relationships that have been central to the success of Butler University,” Danko said in the news release. “We take great pride in our top ranking in the Midwest and recognize that our rising national and global reputation will be critical to our future growth and success, including expanded opportunities for our students.”

Schellinger, a Democrat, resigned suddenly from his cabinet post in March, announcing his resignation in a six-page letter to the Indiana Economic Development Corp. board of directors. In July, Gov. Eric Holcomb announced the appointment of Buckingham Cos. founder and CEO Bradley Chambers as the state’s new commerce secretary and head of the IEDC.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb appointed Schellinger to be commerce secretary in 2016, tapping him to lead the state’s economic development plans. Prior to becoming commerce secretary, Schellinger served as IEDC president. 

He studied at Butler University before earning an architectural degree at the University of Notre Dame in 1984. He also was chairman and CEO of CSO Architects, which led projects such as the  Indianapolis International Airport, the JW Marriott, and the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts.

Holcomb lauded Schellinger in the news release. 

“As Secretary of Commerce, he connected our state and people with countless important national and international business community leaders,” Holcomb said. “He built deep relationships around the world that resulted in record-breaking new jobs, wages, payroll, projects, and capital investments that have set Indiana up for future success.”

Contact IndyStar reporter Alexandria Burris at aburris@gannett.com or call 317-617-2690. Follow her on Twitter: @allyburris.

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