Regional Partnership Shows Support For IPFW Split

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The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership Board of Directors and the Regional Opportunities Council have passed a resolution supporting the realignment of IPFW. The resolution followed a status report and progress update from outgoing IPFW Chancellor Vicky Carwein. 

The partnership says the status report provided insights to growth and expansion opportunities on the Fort Wayne campus, as well as a continued focus on student success and program accreditation. Both of the boards of trustees for Indiana University and Purdue University approved the split last year.

"While there is much work to be done, the realignment process is critical to the future governance and advancement of this campus," said Carwein. "Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana have an incredible and unique opportunity to leverage the global brands of Purdue and IU to advance programs critical to our region and student success."

The realignment is expected to take place July 1, 2018. Last month, business leaders in Fort Wayne detailed their eight-point plan for the future of the campus. The Regional Partnership's resolution says:

The Regional Partnership board urges the business community to continue to advance the best interests of the campus, Purdue, Indiana University and our region through the realignment process. The realignment is critical to the clarity of governance, leveraging the global brands of Purdue and IU and the advancement of student success. The ultimate success of this campus is critical to the economic future of Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana. The Regional Partnership is committed to work collaboratively with business and community leaders in support of campus leadership and the realignment process.

Scott Glaze, chairman of the Regional Partnership Board of Directors, says the realignment comes at a "critical time as we prepare for the next 50 years at the Fort Wayne campus for Purdue and IU. This realignment represents a big opportunity for employers, students and our community as we continue our efforts to attract and retain talent in Northeast Indiana."

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