FORT WAYNE, Ind.— Walter J. Branson, vice chancellor for financial affairs at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), will leave his job this summer to assume a new position as vice chancellor for finance and administration at Missouri University of Science and Technology. Chancellor Vicky L. Carwein announced the news to the campus Thursday morning.
“Walt has been with IPFW for 20 years and in that time has established himself as a trusted resource, highly regarded and admired by his colleagues,” said Carwein. “He leaves big shoes to fill as he embarks on his new role.”
Branson has served as vice chancellor for financial affairs since February 1993. As chief financial officer, Branson has been responsible for budgetary and financial oversight, including serving as the campus public records officer and as chief operating officer of the Indiana–Purdue Foundation at Fort Wayne.
Speaking of his time at IPFW, Branson said: "I have taken enormous pleasure from working with so many talented, committed, and exceptional professionals across the university, including our faculty, staff, and administration.
“IPFW is poised for strategic growth and student success and will continue to expand its higher education opportunities and economic development partnerships in northeast Indiana. The support we’ve seen from the community and legislature has been amazing. All of this creates a very strong future for the university.”
A native of Winchester, Ind., Branson is a Purdue graduate and spent 15 years working in various positions at Purdue before coming to IPFW. Branson also served as interim chancellor from July 1 to Aug. 31, 2012.
Branson’s last day will be July 31. Over the next few weeks a transition plan will be developed.
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