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Last modified: Monday, January 13, 2003

Charles Bantz biography

NOTE: This is a sidebar to a Jan. 13, 2003 news release ( announcing the recommendation of Charles Bantz for the position of Chancellor of the IUPUI campus.

Since August 2000, Charles Bantz has served as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs and professor of communication at Wayne State University, which is located in Detroit and serves more than 31,000 graduate and undergraduate students.

A native of South Dakota, Bantz is an organizational communication expert, having published on organizational behavior, culture, and change. He has applied his scholarship to practice in his positions as chair, vice provost, director, provost and journal editor.

His disciplinary leadership is evident in his election to numerous posts in national and international organizations, in receiving an award for his book Understanding Organizations and in his election to the editorship of Communication Monographs.

As provost at Wayne State, Bantz has been a leader in the university's strategic planning effort. Among the initiatives he is currently leading are the establishment of a biomedical engineering department, Wayne State's first university-wide capital campaign, the reorganization of university success services and expansion of the honors program.

Bantz came to Wayne State from Arizona State University. On ASU's main campus at Tempe, Bantz served as vice provost from 1995 to 2000 and as director of university continuous improvement from 1996 to 2000. From 1989 to 1995 Bantz was chair of the ASU Department of Communication.

He has also worked as a faculty member at Arizona State, at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Bantz earned a bachelor's degree in English education at the University of Minnesota, a master's degree in speech communication from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. degree from Ohio State University in communication.

Bantz is married to Sandra Petronio, a professor in the Department of Communication at Wayne State University, who also holds an appointment in the School of Medicine at the university.