Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie has announced the selection of Susan Sciame-Giesecke as the new chancellor of the IU Kokomo campus, subject to the approval of the IU Board of Trustees.
Sciame-Giesecke has been serving as the interim chancellor at IU Kokomo since September 2012. Prior to that she was the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs at the campus. She will become the IU Kokomo chancellor effective April 15.
"Sue has shown outstanding leadership and offered clear vision during her tenure as interim chancellor and is very deserving of being the next leader at IU Kokomo," McRobbie said. "Sue has earned the respect of the IU Kokomo faculty during her 35-year career on the campus, and her deep understanding of the IU Kokomo mission and strong ties to community will serve the campus extremely well as it continues to grow and evolve."
John Applegate, IU executive vice president for university academic affairs, said Sciame-Giesecke is an experienced and respected leader at IU Kokomo. Her deep ties with Kokomo and north central Indiana have been an enormous asset to the campus.
"She played a key role in developing IU’s Blueprint for Student Attainment strategic plan for the regional campuses, and she continues to take a major role in many university and regional campus initiatives," he said. "I am excited for the IU Kokomo campus as it officially moves forward under Sue’s leadership."
As campus CEO, the chancellor is responsible for the operation of the campus and reports to the executive vice president for university academic affairs. The IU Kokomo chancellor works with the chancellors and provost of IU's seven other campuses.
Sciame-Giesecke was recommended by a search and screen committee after a national search led by William Lowe, chancellor at IU Northwest.
"I am honored to have been chosen and excited about this new leadership opportunity," Sciame-Giesecke said. "I look forward to continuing to lead this vibrant and growing campus with an amazing team of faculty and staff who are dedicated to the success of our students. The momentum will continue as we embrace our new, bold strategic plan that includes continued growth, innovative programs and enhanced regional partnerships."
Sciame-Giesecke, a professor of communication arts, earned a Ph.D. in speech communication from IU Bloomington. She has held numerous leadership and administrative positions at IU Kokomo, including executive vice chancellor for academic affairs (2011-12); interim vice chancellor for academic affairs (2009-10); interim vice chancellor for administration and finance (January to May 2011); interim and permanent dean of the School of Arts and Science (2001-09); chair of the Department of Humanities and director of the Freshman Learning Community Program (1998-2006); and assistant vice chancellor of academic affairs and director of the Center for Teaching Excellence (1996-98). She also has led systemwide initiatives, such as the Indiana University Enhancing Minority Attainment Conference (2000-08) and the Indiana University Faculty Leadership Institute (1996-2002).
She has directed strategic planning initiatives for the Kokomo campus; initiated programs to support student success and retention; launched new degree programs; and overseen the construction of a new wellness and fitness center, in addition to other facility improvements. Enrollment at IU Kokomo has increased steadily each year for more than three years.
IU Kokomo serves as an essential educational resource and an important element of economic development in its 14-county region in north central Indiana. IU Kokomo has more than 4,000 students and offers nearly 70 undergraduate and graduate programs.