Judith G. Palmer


Bicentennial Medal (2019)
President's Medal for Excellence (2007)
Reception in Honor of Service as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Location: Indianapolis
Presenter: Michael A. McRobbie
Thomas Hart Benton Mural Medallion (1994)
Year End Review Meeting
Location: Indianapolis
Presenter: Thomas Ehrlich
Thomas Hart Benton Mural Medallion (1988)
Meeting of Academic Planning Committee, Co-Convenors
Location: Indianapolis
Presenter: Thomas Ehrlich


Judith G. Palmer earned a bachelor's degree from IU in 1970 and graduated cum laude from the IU School of Law-Indianapolis, in 1974. She served as a senior budget analyst and executive assistant to Governor Otis Bowen and as state budget director and chief fiscal adviser to the Governor Bob Orr until 1985. After leaving Governor Orr's administration, she served as special assistant to the president and associate professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. She was promoted to vice president for planning in 1986 and assumed responsibilities as vice president and chief financial officer in 1994.

As IU's vice president and chief financial officer, Palmer was responsible for developing IU's $2.4 billion annual budget and aligning IU's legislative requests with its budgetary needs. Her efforts helped IU win a funding formula for research support, funding to establish the School of Informatics and initial funding for IU's Life Sciences Initiative.

Palmer also served as former IU President Myles Brand's finance chief during his entire tenure (1994-2000). In 2007, Palmer took a six-month leave of absence and then returned to IU in the newly created position of Director of the Office of Legislative and Policy Analysis. In this position, Palmer reviewed state laws and all legislation that affects Indiana University with a view toward developing a prioritized agenda for legislative initiatives aimed at helping the university pursue its missions of education and research more effectively. Palmer served in this capacity until her retirement in September 2012.

Palmer received the IU Bicentennial Medal in September 2019 in recognition of her distinguished service as vice president for Planning (1986-1991), vice president for Planning and Financial Management (1991-1994), vice president and CFO (1994-2007) for Indiana University.