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Last modified: Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Bloomington Herald-Times articles

June 28, 2006

Search launched for next IU president; Committee appointed, expected to begin seeking candidates by this fall
by Steve Hinnefeld
June 28, 2006

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana University trustees began the search for IU's 18th president Tuesday, saying they are confident the search will attract strong candidates but unsure if it will take one year or two.

The board, meeting at IU-Purdue University at Indianapolis, appointed a 12-member search committee that is expected to move into high gear by fall.

"We know that Indiana University will attract the best candidates, and we're looking forward to meeting several of them," said Sue Talbot, a trustee from Bloomington and the chairwoman of the search committee.

IU President Adam Herbert has two more years left on a five-year contract. He announced in January that he wouldn't serve past June 2008 and urged trustees to start the search for his successor this year. He said he will step down early from the presidency if the trustees hire a new president before his term ends.

"What this is essentially doing is giving the board two years of total flexibility to choose the next president of Indiana University," he said Tuesday. "I just think that's the optimal situation."

The search committee is smaller than the 17-member group that conducted the 2003 search that led to Herbert's appointment. It includes only three IU professors, but trustees said faculty will have input through an advisory panel.

"We'll see how this works," said Ted Miller, a public affairs professor and president of the IU Bloomington Faculty Council. "I am going to try to make sure the committee has as much influence and participates as deeply in the search process as is possible."

The search committee will include three trustees, one IU regional-campus chancellor, a student and several alumni and civic leaders. Trustees said it will employ an executive search firm, conduct town-hall meetings with campus and alumni groups and start seeking candidates by fall.

"Our next president, in addition to being an outstanding leader, must have heart and a passion for this incredible institution," Talbot said.

Herbert said his effectiveness as president won't be diminished by uncertainty about how long he will be on the job.

"The board made very clear they do not want me to look or act like a lame duck," he said. "We're going to continue to strengthen the university. It is with that mandate that I'm going full speed ahead."

Trustees' president Steve Ferguson said the search could cost about $200,000.

He said he expects pay for the next IU president to be "in the middle of the Big Ten again." Herbert's pay package, including deferred compensation, is $422,550 this year. Presidents of Big Ten public universities are paid between $300,000 and $725,000, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.

As the search gets under way, Ferguson said, trustees will map where they want IU to be 10 years in the future, so the next president will clearly understand the board's expectations. He said a lack of such clarity when Herbert was hired may have contributed to problems the IU president faced last year, when frustrated Bloomington faculty called for a midterm review of his performance.

Ferguson said trustees told Herbert to take care of a list of problems, including an athletics budget deficit, strained relations with state government and a confusing IU administrative structure.

"We said, 'Mr. President, go get 'em.' We didn't provide the structure and support as a board that I think we should have," Ferguson said.

IU presidential search committee members

  • Sue Talbot, trustee, chairwoman.
  • Bruce Bergland, chancellor, IU Northwest.
  • Clarence Boone Sr., trustee.
  • Marion E. Broome, IUPUI dean and nursing professor.
  • David Clemmer, IU Bloomington chemistry professor.
  • Daniel Evans, president and CEO, Clarian Health Partners.
  • Jerrol Miles, former senior vice president, National City Bank, Louisville.
  • Ted Miller, IU Bloomington Faculty Council president.
  • V. Sue Shields, U.S. District Court magistrate.
  • Tom Reilly, trustee.
  • Desmond Wong, president and CEO, Sino Strategies Group.
  • IU Student Association representative to be named later.

Faculty advisory committee members

  • Simon Atkinson, medicine, IUPUI.
  • Ronald Finkbine, computer science, IU Southeast.
  • John Hassell, accounting, IUPUI.
  • Susan Hendricks, nursing, IU Kokomo.
  • Sheila Jackson-Armstead, social work, IU East.
  • Kathy Johnson, IUPUI.
  • James Madison, history, IU Bloomington.
  • Michael Metzger, business ethics, IU Bloomington.
  • Jeffrey Palmer, biology, IU Bloomington.
  • John W. Schrader, Health, Physical Education and Recreation, IU Bloomington.
  • Three members to be named later.

IU - Fort Wayne to add dorms; Once all-commuter campus has growing demand for housing
Associated Press
June 28, 2006

FORT WAYNE - Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne plans to open two more dormitories by fall 2007 for a total of nine, as demand for student housing increases.

The dorms will house 756 students at the once all-commuter campus. The university on Monday broke ground on the new dormitories, expected to cost $10.5 million.

"Student housing on the IPFW campus was a long time coming," Chancellor Michael Wartell said.

"To me when you've got 12,000 (students) and you're in your second phase of building housing on your campus, that's no longer a transient campus," said Marla Irving, Allen County commissioner, who attended the groundbreaking ceremony.

The seven other dorms opened at the beginning of the 2004-05 school year at a cost of $25 million, IPFW spokeswoman Anne Weissner said.

About 95 percent of dorm space has been leased for the coming school year, and university housing still has 80 more applicants, Wartell said.

"There's a growing demand for this experience," housing director Sara Garcia said.