Chancellor Vicky L. Carwein, the ninth chancellor of Indiana University–Purdue Univeristy Fort Wayne, was born and raised in Gwynnville in Shelby County, and said coming to IPFW is, in a sense, returning to her roots. “This is just an incredible opportunity. I was so impressed with the passion and dedication of the search committee. They were very inspiring in passing along the commitment of the campus and the community in building on the successes that IPFW has experienced in its past, and I am very excited to be a part of its future.” Carol Sternberger, associate vice chancellor for academic programs and co-chair of the Chancellor Search Committee, said, “I speak for the committee in saying that we’re very happy and thrilled to welcome Chancellor Carwein and look forward to the next chapter in IPFW’s continued growth and success in serving the higher education needs of Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana.”
Carwein was formerly the chancellor at Washington State University Tri-Cities in Richland, Wash. Prior to that, she served as president at Westfield State College in Westfield, Mass., and chancellor at the University of Washington Tacoma.
Her experience at WSU Tri-Cities reflected continued academic growth at a research institution that offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. She supported WSU Tri-Cities’ commitment to helping the region’s economy grow by:
Under her leadership, research opportunities for graduate students grew, as did scholarships and programs for freshmen.
At Westfield State College in Massachusetts, Carwein led the development of collaborations resulting in federal appropriations and the creation of an environmental center.
As chancellor at UW Tacoma, Carwein helped change the economic landscape of that region, cultivating public–private partnerships that supported scholarships, accessibility and diversity, economic vitality and sustainability, as well as the arts.
Carwein began her distinguished academic career at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas as an instructor, leaving 23 years later as dean of the College of Health Sciences.
She received a bachelor’s and D.N.S./Ph.D. in nursing from IU–Indianapolis (now IUPUI). Her master’s degree in nursing is from the University of California, San Francisco.
When not working, Carwein said she enjoys travelling. “Travelling is our passion. We’ve been to every continent and when anyone says ‘let’s go on a trip,’ my bags are packed!” Her other interests include playing the piano and organ. “I’m a frustrated musician and debated between majoring in nursing or musical performance. My practical side won and I pursued nursing, which has been extremely satisfying to me. And the music never left me, as I still enjoy playing at home.”
Carwein’s husband, Bill Andrews, works for Battelle Memorial Institute, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. They have two daughters and three grandchildren who live in North Carolina.