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Last modified: Thursday, June 29, 2006

Search committee for IUE chancellor announced

June 29, 2006

RICHMOND, Ind. -- Indiana University President Adam W. Herbert today, June 29, announced the appointment of a 12-member search and screen committee to find a successor for IU East Chancellor David Fulton who will retire at the end of the 2006-07 academic year. The panel will be chaired by Ruth Person, chancellor of IU Kokomo, a regional campus of similar size and enrollment to IU East.

"Indiana University deeply appreciates Chancellor Dave Fulton's accomplishments over more than three decades of service to IU East," Herbert said. "Dave has been an excellent campus chancellor. He also has been a highly visible and dedicated community leader in Eastern Indiana. Our challenge is to recruit a successor who will build on this record of outstanding institutional and community leadership. We will rise to that challenge."

The committee, which includes representation from the greater Richmond community, is charged with conducting a broad national search for a slate of finalists who would be recommended to President Herbert for consideration. The goal is to have a new chancellor in place by July 1, 2007.

The search will be aggressive, according to Person.

"We will cast as wide a net as possible," she said. "We want to be sure that we look at a diverse group of potential candidates, and we will be proactive in seeking out people who are capable of building on all that David has accomplished."

Fulton, who has been at IU East for 35 years, took over as interim chancellor in August 1994 and was named chancellor the following April. He has overseen a period of tremendous growth at the Richmond campus as it evolved from a two-year institution with limited course offerings to a full regional campus with an inventory of 16 four-year degree programs and a new master's program as well.

Fulton also was at the forefront of efforts to weave the campus into the surrounding community by building partnerships. These include the Life Sciences Task Force of the Chamber, the Community Education Coalition in Connersville and the Post-Secondary Education Council in Henry County. During his time as chancellor, Fulton also has managed the construction of Springwood Hall in Richmond, the Danielson Learning Center in New Castle and the Connersville Center.

Fulton began his career at Richmond in 1971 when he was hired as an instructor in history and political science. After four years, he was promoted to assistant professor of history and political science. In 1983 he was named director of planning and budget, and in 1988 he became vice chancellor for administrative affairs.

Fulton, who will be 65 in October 2007, informed President Herbert in May of his intention to retire. The full year's notice was intended to allow the university adequate time to search for Fulton's successor.

In addition to Person, search committee members are:

  • Cathy Ludlum Foos, professor of philosophy, IU East, committee co-chair
  • David Frantz, associate professor of management, IU East
  • Kumara Jayasuriya, associate professor of mathematics, IU East
  • Joyce O'Brien, secretary to the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences, IU East
  • Rob Quigg, vice president and treasurer, Richmond Baking Company
  • T. J. Rivard, associate professor of English and chair of Humanities and Fine Arts, IU East
  • Alan M. Spears, senior vice president, First Bank, Richmond
  • Cheryl Stolle, clinical assistant professor of education, IU East
  • Maynard Thompson, senior advisor to the president, ex officio, IU Bloomington
  • Benjamin Young, vice chancellor for enrollment services and dean of students, IU East
  • Representative from student government (to be named fall 2006)