IPFW Name Change Approved

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The Purdue University Board of Trustees has approved a resolution designating Purdue University Fort Wayne as the new name for its Allen County campus. The change comes as Purdue and Indiana University work to realign IPFW into two separate institutions.

The new name will not take effect until the realignment goes into effect July 1, 2018. Purdue says the name was chosen, in part, based on a survey offered in February, in which respondents could choose between Purdue University Fort Wayne or Purdue University Northeast. Respondents could also propose other options.

"While this name is straightforward, it conveys something that is very important to us," said Mike Berghoff, chair of the Purdue University Board of Trustees chair. "We want to be clear that this campus will offer students the quality academic experience that is behind the Purdue name while, at the same time, stressing our community partnership and commitment to making a positive impact on Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana."

The Indiana University Board of Trustees has also approved the name of Indiana University Fort Wayne for its health science programs that will be located on the campus as part of the realignment. The name changes won't be official until the Higher Learning Commission approves the realignment.

The IPFW split was approved last year by the boards of trustees of both universities. IU will be responsible for its health science programs, while Purdue will oversee the operation and management of the campus, including all other existing academic areas.

Purdue says both boards are expected to vote this summer on final agreements ahead of the July 1, 2018 realignment date.

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