INDIANAPOLIS--IUPUI celebrated a new chapter by officially installing its fifth chancellor. Nasser Paydar has been the acting chancellor of IUPUI since this summer after Charles Bantz stepped down a year ago.
At a campus ceremony Tuesday, IU President Michael McRobbie says Paydar has a faculty member and leader in the IUPUI and IU family for nearly 30 years.
"He’s a man dedicated to the values at the heart of the very best of liberal education, and we are most fortunate to count him among the leadership of this great university at this historic time." Said McRobbie.
Speaking at the installation ceremony, Purdue President Mitch Daniels says he knew Paydar was set for great things when he first met him.
"I can remember telling a number of people 'Watch this guy", the job he's doing, the energy he's displaying, the courage he's manifesting means we're going to be hearing more from him." Remebered Daniels.
IUPUI is set to celebrate 50 years. Paydar says, looking forward, IUPUI should continue to be a leader in diversity and inclusion.
"I pledge to support our LGBT community, people of color, people with special needs, returning adult students, veterans, traditional college age students and all of those that contribute to our campus community." Paydar said.
Paydar had been IUPUI's executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer since 2012 and led the campus in a strategic planning process.