By: CHRISTINA CLARK
IU South Bend Chancellor Terry Allison announced his resignation as chancellor at the conclusion of the academic year in a letter published on the Daily Titan email newsletter on the evening of March 21.
“This was one of the most difficult decisions of my life, but both personally and professionally, the right decision at this time,” Allison said in the letter.
After serving as Chancellor at IU South Bend for five years, the announcement leaves a void at the end of the current school year in the Office of the Chancellor.
“In my remaining months as chancellor, I will be fully engaged on campus and in the community,” Allison’s letter read. “I will remain focused on student success, finalizing the 2018-19 budget, planning for the use of the Wooden Indian and Club Landing properties, developing the new visitor parking lot, raising money for the IU Bicentennial Campaign, and especially, congratulating graduates at commencement.”
Allison cited support from IU Executive Vice President for University Academic Affairs John Applegate.
“I will move quickly to appoint an interim chancellor for the coming academic year,” said Applegate in a subsequent letter, also published on the Daily Titan email newsletter.
In addition to the letters from Allison and Applegate, a release from the university cited other wins from under Allison’s watch.
The release listed many accomplishments and progressions on campus at IU South Bend, including “expanding varsity athletics from three to 12 sports,” being a “driving force in fundraising and facilities improvements which included the naming of the Vera Z. Dwyer College of Health Sciences, raising millions of dollars in new scholarship endowments, the renovation and expansion of healthcare services at Riverside Hall, the remodeling of the first floor of the Administration Building, the renovation and naming of the Louise E. Addicott and Yatish J. Joshi Performance Hall, and establishing the new home of the women’s softball team – Pfeill Field.”
There has also been an increase in four-year graduation rates. River Crossing student housing had reached full capacity, and the study abroad and Honors programs have seen growth.
The search for the next chancellor will begin at the end of the present semester, according to Applegate.