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Last modified: Friday, January 31, 2003

Trustees appoint Bantz as new IUPUI chancellor

The Indiana University Board of Trustees today (Jan. 31) unanimously approved the appointment of Charles R. Bantz as the new chancellor of IUPUI, effective June 1.

Earlier this month, Bantz was recommended for the appointment by Indiana University Interim President Gerald Bepko.

Bantz also was named by the Trustees as vice president for long-range planning for Indiana University, the same post Bepko held while chancellor of the IUPUI campus. The Indianapolis campus is IU's second largest, with a fall 2002 enrollment of 29,025.

Bantz has served as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Wayne State (Mich.) University since August 2000. He was previously the vice provost and director of university continuous improvement at Arizona State University. Bantz had also been the chair of the Department of Communication at Arizona State and has been a faculty member at Arizona State; the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; and the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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 Detroit-based research university. Petronio will become a faculty member in the Department of Communication Studies at IUPUI and join the Indiana University Center for Bioethics.

Bantz's appointment was the culmination of a national search conducted by a 30-member committee, chaired by John Walda, IU's executive director for federal relations and corporate partnerships. IU School of Nursing Dean Angela McBride served as vice chair of the committee.

Last month, the Trustees appointed William M. Plater as acting chancellor of the IUPUI campus. He will continue in that role until June 1.