FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) chancellor Vicky L. Carwein is pleased to announce she has recommended to the Purdue University Trustees that Jeffrey R. Anderson, Ph.D., be appointed as the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, effective July 1, 2013.
Anderson is the founding dean of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, Wis., a position he has held since 2009. Prior to that he was at Winona State University in Winona, Minn., where he served from 1992 to 2009 as the grants and special projects coordinator for the College of Science and Engineering (CSE), interim dean of CSE, and professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Anderson began his academic career at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., as an assistant professor of Mathematics and Graduate Faculty from 1989 to 1992.
"It's a great honor to join the campus community and administrative team at IPFW. I'm very grateful to Chancellor Carwein, the Search Committee, and all those who participated in the interview sessions for this opportunity and their confidence in me as the new vice chancellor for academic affairs. In just a few short visits, I've had the pleasure of meeting many wonderful new colleagues and remarkable students. Throughout Fort Wayne, everyone has been so welcoming and eager to help my family feel at home. We look forward to calling Fort Wayne home and contributing to the community," said Anderson.
Chancellor Carwein noted that Anderson’s experience in academic administration as well as in the classroom made him the top candidate for the position. “We are so pleased to have Jeff joining the IPFW family. I feel certain that his experiences will serve him well as he helps shape IPFW’s academic programs of the future.”
Jackie Weissenburger, interim provost and vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at UW-Stout, said “Jeff has shown tremendous leadership qualities and great management skills at UW-Stout and in the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and I am sure he will do the same at IPFW. “Jeff has been an advocate for excellence at Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University and has accomplished much. Everyone at UW-Stout wishes Jeff well in this tremendous career opportunity.”
Peter Dragnev, interim chair of IPFW’s Department of Mathematical Sciences and a member of the search team, said “Professor Anderson has an impressive record in applied mathematics with 40 publications and invited presentations that have been cited more than 200 times. He has conducted research on partial differential equations models of groundwater and contaminant flow, population growth and movement, angiogenesis as induced by a cancerous solid tumor, production methods of composite materials, and ecological balance phenomena. We know our already strong Analysis group and our graduate program in Applied Mathematics will become a nice scientific home for him.”
Anderson, his wife Dawn, and teenage daughters Melanie and Amanda, will be moving to Fort Wayne at the end of the girls’ school year. He said the family is involved in raising and showing Argentinian llamas; his wife and daughters are proficient in karate and they all enjoy biking.
Anderson will begin his duties as the vice chancellor for academic affairs July 1, 2013. For more information, contact the chancellor’s office at 260-481-6103.