Purdue Trustees Approve IPFW Split

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The Purdue University Board of Trustees has approved the proposed realignment of IPFW into two separate institutions. The Indiana University Board of Trustees approved the agreement earlier this month.

Our partners at WBAA in West Lafayette report the decision came after a 7-3 vote. Vice Chairman Thomas Spurgeon joined board members Gary Lehman and JoAnn Brouillette in opposition of the realignment.

As part of the deal, Purdue will continue to manage and operate the full Fort Wayne campus, while Indiana University will manage and operate its medical school in existing facilities. Additionally, Purdue says its nursing, medical imaging and dental education programs will be transferred to IU.

Purdue says the realignment will take place July 1, 2018. A transition team will be put in place to implement the realignment ahead of that date.

IPFW issued the following statement shortly after the vote:

Today, the Purdue University Board of Trustees voted to approve an agreement and plan of realignment for IPFW that lays the framework for the future governance of the Fort Wayne campus. This follows the Dec. 1 approval by the Indiana University Trustees and marks the key step needed to move the plan forward. IPFW will continue working with Purdue and IU as they focus on their academic mission areas with a view toward a successful future for our students, our campus community, our city, and the northeast Indiana region.

Earlier this week, Purdue President Mitch Daniels and IU President Michael McRobbie held a news conference explaining their support for the measure. You can view the full realignment agreement below:

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