FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEINDIANAPOLIS — Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar has announced the appointment of Kathy E. Johnson as IUPUI’s next executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer effective July 1, pending approval by the Indiana University Board of Trustees.
Johnson, who was selected to serve a one-year term as interim executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer upon the appointment of Paydar as chancellor, was chosen for the position after an extensive national search chaired by Michael Patchner, dean of the School of Social Work.
As executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer, Johnson will play a key leadership role in developing and guiding the implementation of IUPUI’s academic plans and programs. Additionally, she will oversee the process for the recruitment, hiring and advancement of faculty, including promoting the continued success of the campus’s efforts to increase the quality and diversity of its faculty.
“In her service as interim executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer, Kathy has already played a vital role on the IUPUI leadership team,” Paydar said. “Her breadth of experience, collaborative and inclusive leadership style, and keen awareness of national trends and best practices in higher education will help cultivate faculty excellence and student success.”
Johnson joined IUPUI in 1993 as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology. Since that time, she has risen through the ranks as a faculty member and held various administrative positions including department chair, associate vice chancellor for undergraduate education and dean of University College, and her current position as interim executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer.
Some of Johnson’s administrative accomplishments include restructuring the Office of Academic Affairs to increase efficiencies, improve communications and align positions with strategic needs of the office; creating the Office of Institutional Research and Decision Support, which combines the campus’s strength in institutional research with expertise in analytics, survey research and program …