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IPFW Chancellor Position Profile

Purdue University is seeking nominations and applications for the position of Chancellor, Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), soon to be known as Purdue University Fort Wayne (PFW).* PFW is the result of a planned realignment in governance, which provides that Purdue will have authority and responsibility for managing and operating the Fort Wayne campus as of July 1, 2018. The Chancellor will oversee completion of the realignment of the campus to Purdue governance and the completion of a campus restructuring, becoming the first chief executive officer of Purdue University Fort Wayne with an opportunity to lead the faculty and staff in shaping the future of the institution. 

When the realignment is complete, Purdue University Fort Wayne will be the third largest metropolitan campus in Indiana, focusing on the educational and economic needs of the region and exploring potential new programs to meet those needs.

Reporting to the President of the Purdue University System, the Chancellor is responsible for leading the faculty, staff, and administrative team in:

  • articulating a clear vision, set of values, and priorities for the institution
  • advancing academic quality, student success, and affordability
  • encouraging and facilitating professional growth of faculty and staff
  • building strong relationships and facilitating engagement with communities, businesses, civic organizations, and educational institutions in northeast Indiana
  • contributing to economic and cultural development in the region
  • building a culture of shared governance and cooperation within the institution and across the Purdue University System

 The Chancellor is also responsible for:

  • developing the biennial budget and overseeing financial operation of the campus
  • assembling a high-functioning leadership team capable of advancing the institution’s goals, building consensus across the institution, and working with external stakeholders to enhance the institution’s strength and reputation
  • communicating important information about the institution to internal and external audiences
  • expanding and strengthening relationships with alumni
  • serving as an advocate for the institution

 The successful candidate will have proven ability to:

  • build effective relationships with the leaders, businesses, and civic organizations of the northeast Indiana community
  • raise funds to support the institution and its strategic priorities

 In addition, the selected candidate must have:

  • commitment to the land grant mission
  • experience with developing a budget, capital planning, and financial management of a large, complex academic institution
  • demonstrated success in building external relations and fundraising
  • commitment to controlling student tuition and other costs at the lowest levels compatible with delivery of high-quality education
  • substantial and documented experience in leading an institution of higher learning; those with experiences in leading other large, complex organizations are welcome to apply
  • an advanced degree is preferred

For full consideration, applications should be received by May 31. The committee will begin reviewing applications on June 1 and will continue to consider applications until the position is filled. Applicants should send a curriculum vitae or résumé and a letter addressing the applicant’s interest, relevant experience, and qualifications for leading the campus to pfwsearch@purdue.edu. Applications will be treated as confidential until the final stages of the search process. Nominations may be sent to the same email address.

IPFW is a comprehensive metropolitan university located on a nearly 700 acre metropolitan campus in Fort Wayne, Ind. It was established in 1964 by combining individual Indiana University and Purdue University program offerings in one institution. Today it offers more than 200 degree and certificate options. The campus currently houses 11 Centers of Excellence and more than 30 departments comprising five colleges, one school, and two divisions in 40 buildings and structures.

With an annual budget of $175 million and 1,300 full- and part-time faculty and staff, the university offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Currently the campus serves more than 8,300 degree-seeking students.

Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

*Pending Higher Learning Commission approval

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