The decision of who will lead IPFW as its next chancellor is now in Mitch Daniels' hands.
The Purdue University president and former Indiana governor has received recommendations from the chancellor search committee. The committee submitted those and feedback from the campus community early last week, said Jeffrey Malanson, associate professor of history and IPFW Faculty Senate presiding officer. He was also a member of the search committee looking for a new chancellor.
The finalists visited campus in July and August. The new chancellor was tentatively expected to take office on Sept. 1, “or as soon as practical,” according to the search process posted on IPFW's website.
The candidates are:
• Carl N. Drummond, IPFW's vice chancellor for academic affairs and enrollment management
• Edwin Daniel Hirleman Jr., Purdue University's chief corporate and global partnerships officer
• Martin Abraham, provost and chief academic officer at Youngstown (Ohio) State University
• Ronald L. Elsenbaumer, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Texas at Arlington.
The new leader will replace Vicky Carwein, who has been IPFW chancellor since September 2012. Carwein announced in April she would retire by the end of the year.
It's uncertain when Daniels will select her successor.
“The announcement will be made after the committee's recommendation is reviewed and an offer is extended and accepted by the candidate,” Purdue spokesman Brian Zink said by email. “The new chancellor will begin as soon as possible after their acceptance, dependent upon the selected candidate's ability to begin their duties. Vicky Carwein will continue to serve until the new chancellor begins.”
The new person will become chancellor of Purdue Fort Wayne when Purdue and Indiana universities end their more than 50-year IPFW alliance next year.
The realignment came out of a legislative study that recommended the breakup of IPFW.
Faculty and students took issue with aspects of the study. The IPFW Faculty Senate voted in January 2016 for a nonbinding resolution opposing the split.
As some programs were cut to address enrollment declines, the Faculty Senate approved a vote of no confidence in Carwein, who was determined to stay.
Purdue is the managing partner of IPFW. In December, IU and Purdue trustees approved an agreement for IPFW's governance that establishes two institutions beginning July 1, 2018.