Vicky L. Carwein is in the first year of her tenure as Indiana University—Purdue University Fort Wayne's (IPFW) ninth chancellor. Born and raised in Gwynneville, Ind., in Shelby County, Chancellor Carwein is returning to her roots.
Most recently, Carwein served as chancellor of Washington State University Tri-Cities in Richland, Wash., from 2006 to 2012. There, she collaborated with the state’s wine industry to create the Wine Science Center and partnered with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to build a jointly operated laboratory focused on research and education in the conversion of biomass to products and energy.
Prior to her role at WSU Tri-Cities, Carwein served as president of Westfield State College in Westfield, Mass., from 2004 to 2006, and chancellor of University of Washington Tacoma from 1995 to 2004. She began her academic career at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas as an instructor of nursing, eventually serving as dean of the College of Health Sciences.
She received a bachelor's and D.N.S./Ph.D. in nursing from Indiana University and a master's degree in nursing from the University of California, San Francisco.
Carwein and her husband, Bill Andrews—Deputy Director of Middle East Laboratory Operations for Columbus, Ohio’s Battelle Memorial Institute—have a passion for travel. They have visited all seven continents, including Antarctica. She is also an accomplished pianist and organist.