IU Names Two Chancellors

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Indiana University has named chancellors for two campuses. Susan Sciame-Giesecke will take the position at IU Kokomo, while Ray Wallace will lead the IU Southeast campus.

March 12, 2014

News Release

Kokomo, Ind. -- Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie has announced the selection of Susan Sciame-Giesecke as the new chancellor of the IU Kokomo campus, subject to the approval of the IU Board of Trustees.

Sciame-Giesecke has been serving as the interim chancellor at IU Kokomo since September 2012. Prior to that she was the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs at the campus. She will become the IU Kokomo chancellor effective April 15.

"Sue has shown outstanding leadership and offered clear vision during her tenure as interim chancellor and is very deserving of being the next leader at IU Kokomo," McRobbie said. "Sue has earned the respect of the IU Kokomo faculty during her 35-year career on the campus, and her deep understanding of the IU Kokomo mission and strong ties to community will serve the campus extremely well as it continues to grow and evolve."

John Applegate, IU executive vice president for university academic affairs, said Sciame-Giesecke is an experienced and respected leader at IU Kokomo. Her deep ties with Kokomo and north central Indiana have been an enormous asset to the campus.

"She played a key role in developing IU’s Blueprint for Student Attainment strategic plan for the regional campuses, and she continues to take a major role in many university and regional campus initiatives," he said. "I am excited for the IU Kokomo campus as it officially moves forward under Sue's leadership."

As campus CEO, the chancellor is responsible for the operation of the campus and reports to the executive vice president for university academic affairs. The IU Kokomo chancellor works with the chancellors and provost of IU's seven other campuses.

Sciame-Giesecke was recommended by a search and screen committee after a national search led by William Lowe, chancellor at IU Northwest.

"I am honored to have been chosen and excited about this new leadership opportunity," Sciame-Giesecke said. "I look forward to continuing to lead this vibrant and growing campus with an amazing team of faculty and staff who are dedicated to the success of our students. The momentum will continue as we embrace our new, bold strategic plan that includes continued growth, innovative programs and enhanced regional partnerships."

Sciame-Giesecke, a professor of communication arts, earned a Ph.D. in speech communication from IU Bloomington. She has held numerous leadership and administrative positions at IU Kokomo, including executive vice chancellor for academic affairs (2011-12); interim vice chancellor for academic affairs (2009-10); interim vice chancellor for administration and finance (January to May 2011); interim and permanent dean of the School of Arts and Science (2001-09); chair of the Department of Humanities and director of the Freshman Learning Community Program (1998-2006); and assistant vice chancellor of academic affairs and director of the Center for Teaching Excellence (1996-98). She also has led systemwide initiatives, such as the Indiana University Enhancing Minority Attainment Conference (2000-08) and the Indiana University Faculty Leadership Institute (1996-2002).

She has directed strategic planning initiatives for the Kokomo campus; initiated programs to support student success and retention; launched new degree programs; and overseen the construction of a new wellness and fitness center, in addition to other facility improvements. Enrollment at IU Kokomo has increased steadily each year for more than three years.

IU Kokomo serves as an essential educational resource and an important element of economic development in its 14-county region in north central Indiana. IU Kokomo has more than 4,000 students and offers nearly 70 undergraduate and graduate programs.

Source: Indiana University Kokomo

March 12, 2014

News Release

New Albany, Ind. -- Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie has announced the selection of Ray Wallace as chancellor of IU Southeast, subject to the approval of the IU Board of Trustees.

Wallace is provost and senior vice chancellor at University of Arkansas-Fort Smith. His appointment as chancellor will begin July 1.

"Ray's vision, administrative experience and past successes, particularly in the areas of academic innovation and community engagement, make him the ideal person to lead the IU Southeast campus and strengthen its commitment to addressing the educational, cultural and economic development needs of the surrounding region," McRobbie said. "He brings to this new role the skill and foresight to foster a rich educational environment of academic excellence that will help IU Southeast students reach their full potential.

"I also want to thank Barbara Bichelmeyer for her able and skilled leadership during the transition to a permanent chancellorship."

Bichelmeyer, associate vice president for university academic planning and policy and senior director of IU's Office of Online Education, has served as interim chancellor since July 2013 following the retirement of Sandra Patterson-Randles.

John Applegate, IU executive vice president for university academic affairs, said Wallace is a respected and imaginative leader of regional comprehensive campuses.

"Ray will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to IU Southeast," he said. "His record of outreach and involvement with community and alumni will be an invaluable asset to IU Southeast as the campus continues to strengthen its ties to the surrounding southern Indiana and Louisville area."

As campus CEO, the chancellor is responsible for the operation of the campus and reports to the executive vice president for university academic affairs. The IU Southeast chancellor works with the chancellors and provost of IU's seven other campuses.

Wallace was recommended by a search and screen committee after a national search led by Edwin Marshall, recently retired IU vice president for diversity, equity and multicultural affairs. A professor of English, Wallace said he is honored to be selected for the top post at IU Southeast.

"This is a fine regional institution within the IU family. I look forward to working with its great faculty, staff, students and community," Wallace said. "I am very impressed by the university; IU Southeast is a campus built on a very solid foundation and with great untapped potential. My wife, Susan, and I are looking forward to living in this delightful community."

Wallace has been provost and senior vice chancellor at University of Arkansas-Fort Smith since 2007. During this time, his many accomplishments include stewarding 12 new undergraduate degrees and 14 new minors through the university system and state regulatory board; re-establishing a university-wide honors program; developing a Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning; signing 16 Memoranda of Understanding with overseas universities for faculty and student exchanges; and introducing initiatives involving outreach to high school and community college students.

Before his University of Arkansas-Fort Smith appointment, Wallace served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Clayton State University in Georgia. From 2000 to 2003, he was the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Troy State University in Montgomery, Ala. He received his Doctor of Arts in English from Illinois State University.

IU Southeast is one of eight campuses of Indiana University. Offering more than 50 degree programs and concentrations, the scenic 180-acre campus is less than 15 minutes from downtown Louisville, Ky. It has an enrollment of more than 6,900 students and employs more than 400 faculty members. About 400 students now live on campus in five fully furnished, lodge-style reside