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Last modified: Friday, June 25, 2010

IU Kokomo Interim Chancellor Stuart Green retires after 38 years of service

June 25, 2010

KOKOMO, Ind. -- Indiana University Kokomo will soon say goodbye to a respected leader and colleague. Stuart Green, who currently serves as the campus' interim chancellor, will retire effective June 30 after 38 years of service to IU Kokomo and the community.

Green, who began his career at IU Kokomo in 1972 as assistant professor of fine arts, leaves a long path of positive footprints because of his commitment to quality higher education and growth for the Kokomo campus.

Stuart Green

Stuart Green

"Stuart has the unique ability to shape discourse around new ideas, new strategies for student success, and best practices," said Susan Sciame-Giesecke, interim vice chancellor of academic affairs, who has worked alongside Green for 33 years. "His legacy is a group of leaders who have learned from him how to continue to vision future growth for the IU Kokomo campus. I know he will be watching from afar taking great pride in future changes."

During his tenure, Green has served in a variety of leadership roles, including chairperson for the Department of Humanities, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and vice chancellor of academic affairs. During his 10 years as vice chancellor, he served as acting dean for three areas on campus; nursing, public and environmental affairs, and the library.

"In 1998, when Stuart was appointed vice chancellor of academic affairs, there was thunderous applause from faculty and staff. It was confirmation, I believe, from the campus community that leadership from within was indeed what was best for IU Kokomo," said Jack Tharp, vice chancellor of student services. "Similarly, Stuart's two years as interim chancellor have been marked by the stamp of what only an insider could achieve."

In addition to his work in higher education, Green has a long history of serving the citizens of north central Indiana. Some of his volunteer activities include:

  • Board member, Indiana Coalition for the Arts (1999-present); president (2003-2007)
  • Member, Board of Advisors Indiana Arts Partnership, Region 4 (2004-present)
  • Kokomo Fine Arts Council (1974-1980)
  • Howard County Partners in Education (1997-present)
  • Community Foundation of Howard County, Dream Team (2000-2003)
  • Inventrek Technology Park Board of Directors (2008-present)
  • Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance (2008-present)

Green and his wife, Janine, are moving to Washington, D.C., near their son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren, where he intends to set up a studio and "go back to my roots as a painter." As Green embarks on this new journey, he said, leaving Kokomo is bittersweet.

"There will be things I will miss, and I will certainly miss the colleagueship. I've gotten to know a great many of people over a great many years and value them immensely," Green said.

"It's impossible when you've been part of a place for 38 years not to feel a sense of loss. I think the great part of it is that I also have a great sense of optimism and joy about where I'm going and what I'm going to be doing. It's really having the best of both worlds."

Michael Harris, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Kettering University in Flint, Mich., has been selected as Green's successor, and will begin his duties on Thursday, July 1.

Indiana University Kokomo serves a seven-county primary service area in north central Indiana. The campus offers more than 40 academic programs including four graduate degrees.