Ray Wallace
Ray Wallace

Indiana University Southeast has a new chancellor.

Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie announced the selection of Ray Wallace as chancellor of IU Southeast, subject to the approval of the IU Board of Trustees.

Wallace is provost and senior vice chancellor at University of Arkansas-Fort Smith. His appointment as chancellor will begin July 1, according to a news release.

Wallace replaces Sandra Patterson-Randles, who retired last June.

Barbara Bichelmeyer, associate vice president for university academic planning and policy and senior director of IU’s Office of Online Education, had been interim chancellor.

Wallace, a professor of English, was recommended by a search and screen committee after a national search led by Edwin Marshall, recently retired IU vice president for diversity, equity and multicultural affairs, according to the release.

“Ray’s vision, administrative experience and past successes, particularly in the areas of academic innovation and community engagement, make him the ideal person to lead the IU Southeast campus and strengthen its commitment to addressing the educational, cultural and economic development needs of the surrounding region,” McRobbie stated in the release.

“He brings to this new role the skill and foresight to foster a rich educational environment of academic excellence that will help IU Southeast students reach their full potential.”

As campus CEO, the chancellor is responsible for the operation of the campus and reports to the executive vice president for university academic affairs, according to the release. The IU Southeast chancellor works with the chancellors and provost of IU’s seven other campuses.

From the release:

Wallace has been provost and senior vice chancellor at University of Arkansas-Fort Smith since 2007. During this time, his many accomplishments include stewarding 12 new undergraduate degrees and 14 new minors through the university system and state regulatory board; re-establishing a university-wide honors program; developing a Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning; signing 16 Memoranda of Understanding with overseas universities for faculty and student exchanges; and introducing initiatives involving outreach to high school and community college students.

Before his University of Arkansas-Fort Smith appointment, Wallace served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Clayton State University in Georgia. From 2000 to 2003, he was the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Troy State University in Montgomery, Ala. He received his Doctor of Arts in English from Illinois State University.

About Indiana University Southeast: IU Southeast in New Albany is one of eight campuses of Indiana University. Offering more than 50 degree programs and concentrations, the scenic 180-acre campus is less than 15 minutes from downtown Louisville.

It has an enrollment of more than 6,900 students and employs more than 400 faculty members. About 400 students now live on campus in five fully furnished, lodge-style residence halls. IU Southeast is the most affordable four-year university in the region and offers significant financial aid to a majority of students. IU Southeast is a tobacco-free campus.

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