John S. Applegate was named Indiana University’s first Vice President for Planning and Policy in July 2008. In March 2010, his portfolio was expanded and his title changed to Vice President for University Regional Affairs, Planning, and Policy. In 2013, Applegate was named Executive Vice President for University Academic Affairs. His office ensures coordination of university academic initiatives and programs, strategic plans, external academic relations, enterprise systems, and the policies that enable the university to most effectively bring its vast intellectual resources to serve the citizens of the state and nation. The regional affairs mission of OEVPUAA is to lead the development of a shared identity and mission for all of IU's regional campuses that complements each campus’s individual identity and mission, culminating in the regional campus Blueprint for Student Attainment. In addition, Executive Vice President Applegate is responsible for public safety functions across the university, including police, emergency management, environmental health and safety, enterprise risk management, and related functions. In 2014, he was given primary responsibility for developing and coordinating the University’s Bicentennial Strategic Plan, which was approved by the Board of Trustees in 2015.

In originally appointing him in 2008, President McRobbie noted that “John Applegate has proven himself to be very effective at many administrative and academic initiatives that require a great deal of analysis and coordination within the university and with external agencies, including the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. His experience and understanding of both academia and the law make him almost uniquely suited to take on these responsibilities.”

A distinguished environmental law scholar, John Applegate joined the IU faculty in 1998. In 2006, Applegate was appointed Indiana University’s first Presidential Fellow, a role in which he served both President Emeritus Adam Herbert and current President Michael McRobbie. He is the Walter W. Foskett Professor of Law at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, and he served as the school’s executive associate dean for academic affairs from 2002-2009. He holds a law degree from Harvard Law School and a bachelor’s degree in English from Haverford College.

Internationally recognized for his work in environmental risk assessment and chemical regulation, Applegate has written books and articles on the regulation of toxic substances, defense nuclear waste, public participation in environmental decisions, and international environmental law. He has served on advisory boards for the U.S. Department of Energy, National Academy of Sciences study committees, and was a member of the Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board of the National Academy of Sciences.

Before coming to IU, Applegate was the James B. Helmer, Jr. Professor of Law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. He also was a visiting professor at the Vanderbilt University School of Law. From 1983 to 1987, Applegate practiced environmental law in Washington, D.C., with the law firm of Covington & Burling. He clerked for the late Judge Edward S. Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Executive Vice President Applegate lives in Bloomington with his wife, Amy G. Applegate, clinical professor of law at the IU Maurer School of Law and director of the Viola J. Taliaferro Family and Children Mediation Clinic. They have three children: Jesse, who is director of education programs for a start-up company in New York City; Jamey, a former Peace Corps volunteer and now an Impact Manager for City Year in Dallas; and Gillian, who is a senior at Carleton College.