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Elsenbaumer Named as Chancellor of Purdue's Fort Wayne campus

Ronald ElsenbaumerWEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Ronald Elsenbaumer, special advisor to the president at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) and a Purdue University alumnus, has been named the next chancellor of Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne, effective Nov. 1.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels on Thursday (Sept. 21) announced Elsenbaumer will replace Vicky Carwein, who will retire after serving as IPFW chancellor since 2012. Purdue trustee Gary Lehman led the search committee, which identified four finalists who made campus presentations in July.

“It’s a pleasure to welcome Ron back to Purdue,” said President Mitch Daniels. “He brings an exceptional blend of academic and industry experience, and he’ll need it to lead the campus in new directions at a pivotal moment in its history.

“Our positive reaction to his impressive credentials was reinforced by the overwhelmingly favorable feedback we received from faculty, staff and students who met him during his trip to campus.”

Elsenbaumer will take the helm of the Fort Wayne campus as it transitions from shared governance between Purdue and Indiana universities.

Welcome Message from Chancellor Carwein

Dear campus community,

Please join me in offering sincerest congratulations to Dr. Elsenbaumer, as he prepares to serve as your next Chancellor. As I said in my retirement announcement in early April, the university has before it an unparalleled opportunity to re-envision itself and to create a truly distinguished future. So many of you have committed yourself to building a strong, prosperous and thriving future and I know you will support Dr. Elsenbaumer as he leads IPFW and soon to be Purdue Fort Wayne to the next level. His accomplishments as a scholar and in academic administration, his experience in the private sector and his work in entrepreneurship and economic development exemplify precisely the skills needed to propel Purdue Fort Wayne forward.

There remains a lot of hard work ahead but I have no doubt that you will all rise to the challenge and work with the new Chancellor as he leads the university in achieving much success.

I am excited about the many opportunities that lie ahead for Purdue Fort Wayne. I wish you and Dr. Elsenbaumer all the best as together you make realignment a reality and bring an exciting new vision to students, the community, the region and beyond.


Vicky Carwein