Purdue alum named next chancellor of IPFW


From staff reports

Purdue University has named the next chancellor for Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.


Ronald Elsenbaumer will replace Vicky Carwein, who has led the Fort Wayne campus since 2012. Elsenbaumer is currently the special advisor to the president at the University of Texas Arlington and a Purdue University alumnus.

He was one of four finalists who presented at the campus in July.

“It’s a pleasure to welcome Ron back to Purdue,” President Mitch Daniels said in a statement. “He brings an exceptional blend of academic and industry experience, and he’ll need it to lead the campus in new directions at a pivotal moment in its history.

“Our positive reaction to his impressive credentials was reinforced by the overwhelmingly favorable feedback we received from faculty, staff and students who met him during his trip to campus.”

Elsenbaumer will serve as the chief executive officer and oversee completion of campus realignment and restructuring, according to the statement.

“It’s exciting to return to Purdue at what is a critical juncture at the Fort Wayne campus,” Elsenbaumer said in the statement. “With the challenge comes a tremendous opportunity, and I look forward to working closely with the campus and northeast Indiana communities to ensure we are educationally relevant to our students and economically impactful to the region.”

Elsenbaumer earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Purdue in 1973 and his doctorate in chemistry from Stanford University in 1978.

He has served in his current role at the University of Texas Arlington since 2016. He has been with the university since 1991, serving as vice president for academic affairs, vice president for research and federal relations, director of the nano-fabrication research and teaching facility, chair of both the department of chemistry and biochemistry and the materials science and engineering program, a professor of chemistry and polymer chemistry, and as a professor of materials science and engineering.

From 1977-1991 Elsenbaumer worked for AlliedSignal, which was purchased by Honeywell in 1999. He worked as a laboratory scientist, senior research associate and polymer project leader.