Four finalists for IU East chancellor position to visit campus

September 15, 2008 |

Indiana University East is well on its way to naming a new chancellor. Finalists for the position will visit the Richmond campus this month to meet with faculty, staff, students and community members. Following those visits, the next step will be for the university search committee that identified the finalists to meet again and make further recommendations to President Michael McRobbie. McRobbie will make the selection subject to approval by the IU Board of Trustees.

The finalists are:

• Charles Harrington, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of North Carolina- Pembroke
• Thomas Krepel, assistant to the president at Northern Illinois University  �
• Nasser Paydar, current interim chancellor at IU East
• Barbara Schirmer, special assistant to the president at the University of Detroit Mercy

“We are delighted to be able to attract such an interesting and talented group of people to consider this opportunity at IU East,” said Cathy Ludlum Foos, associate professor of philosophy at IU East and chair of the search committee. Foos replaced Ruth Person as chair of the search in August when Person left her position as chancellor of IU Kokomo to become chancellor at the University of Michigan-Flint.

Harrington has been at North Carolina-Pembroke since 2005, and prior to that, served as the assistant vice president for academic affairs and professor of business statistics at the University of Southern Indiana.

Krepel was president of Chadron State College in Nebraska from 1998 to 2005 where he was also a professor of education. He moved to Northern Illinois University in 2005 as assistant to the president.

Paydar was vice chancellor and dean at Indiana University Purdue University Columbus from 2004 to 2007. He has also been a faculty member at IUPUI in mechanical engineering since 1985 and most recently served there as executive associate dean for academic programs in the School of Engineering and Technology.

Schirmer was vice president for academic affairs, student affairs, and provost at University of Detroit Mercy before being named special assistant to the president. She was also a dean and professor in the School of Education and Allied Professions at Miami University from 2001-2004.

More information on the candidates and their scheduled visits is available at:

President McRobbie appointed the 11-member search committee in May, 2008 to identify and interview candidates for the position. The previous chancellor, David Fulton, retired in June, 2007 and Nasser Paydar has served as interim chancellor since that time. During its 30-year history, the campus has been managed under the leadership of four chancellors—Alexander Schilt (1978-1981), Glenn Goerke (1981-1987), Charlie Nelms (1987-1995), and David Fulton (1995-2007).

The IU Board of Trustees officially established Indiana University East as a regional campus of Indiana University in 1971. From the beginning, this 182-acre campus was well supported by local and area citizens and the original land acquisition in Richmond, Indiana was made possible through their generous financial support.

In the campus’ first year of operation over 600 students enrolled and in 1975 the campus received accreditation from the North Central Accreditation Association of Schools and Colleges. By 1990, student enrollment grew to more than 2,000 students, where it stands today. IU East shares its campus with Ivy Tech Richmond and Purdue University programs. It serves as an essential educational resource and an important element of economic development in its two-state region.