Circle of Leadership
Fred Grohsmeyer (1971-1975)
Fred Grohsmeyer was the director of the Eastern Indiana Center of Earlham College from 1969-1975.
Grohsmeyer was a professor of psychology at Earlham College for 20 years. Before joining the faculty there, he worked for the Institute for Executive Growth and served as a psychological consultant to industries.
A native of Canton, Ohio, Grohsmeyer attended Kent State University before joining the U.S. Air Force during World War II. While a cadet, he attended Hamilton College in New York for courses in meteorology. Grohsmeyer went on to attend DePauw University and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. He received his master’s degree in psychology from Northwestern University and his Ph.D. from Purdue.
In addition to serving Earlham College as a professor, Grohsmeyer was the dean of General Studies before he became the director of the Eastern Indiana Center of Earlham College.
Grohsmeyer, along with Earlham College President Landrum Bolling and community leader Brice Hayes, proposed to the Indiana University Board of Trustees the idea of a regional campus in Richmond. By October 1970, Indiana University took administrative control and started development of the new campus. Grohsmeyer was director when the IU Board of Trustees established IU East as one of seven regional campuses on July 1, 1971.
Alexander Schilt (1976-1980)
Alexander F. Schilt was appointed dean of IU East by the IU Board of Trustees in March 1976. Schilt, then a resident of New Albany, Ind., had served as dean of Student Services at IU Southeast since 1970.
The change from director to Dean of the Campus was to more truly reflect the academic and administrative aspects of the responsibilities of the chief officer of IU East. A reorganization of the administration provided a renewed title of chancellor for Schilt, the first for IU East.
A native of Cheyenne, Wyo., Schilt received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wyoming and his Master of Arts in Psychology and Ph.D. in Psychology from Arizona State University. Prior to being named dean of Student Services at IU Southeast, he held a number of positions at Arizona State University including assistant director of financial aid; director of residence and assistant dean of students, and head resident.
While at IU East, Schilt continued teaching and carried the title of professor of education in addition to chancellor.
During Schilt’s tenure as chancellor, full-time faculty grew by 30 percent, enrollment increased, he saw the university through accreditation with the North Central Association, and reorganized the administration.
Schilt served on several boards while in Richmond including the Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Richmond Rotary Club, Leadership Wayne County and the Whitewater Valley Opera Company. Schilt is currently a professor in the College of Education at the University of Houston.
Glenn Goerke (1981-1986)
Glenn Goerke was IU East's second chancellor from 1981-1986.
Goerke was born and raised in Lincoln Park, Michigan. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and Master of Arts in Administration at Eastern Michigan University. Goerke received his Ph.D. in Adult and Higher Education from Michigan State University.
Before his appointment as chancellor, Goerke was the dean of the Division of University Extension at the University of Rhode Island. He was a finalist in 1978 for position of dean of the School of Continuing Studies at Indiana University.
Goerke also was elected as a member of the Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce in 1982, serving as its president in 1985. He was also a member of the Reid Memorial Hospital Foundation Board of Directors, First National Bank Board of Directors, and he served on an advisory panel for the Indiana Arts Commission.
Prior to 1978, Goerke was vice president for community affairs of Florida International University in Miami, Fla., where he also held positions as the associate vice president for academic affairs, dean of faculties and dean of university services and continuing education.
While IU East’s chancellor, Goerke explored the possibility of baccalaureate degrees and received approval from the IU Board of Trustees for baccalaureate admission in1983. The first degree programs designed for the IU East campus were business, behavioral sciences and nursing. In 1986, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education approved four-year programs at IU East.
Charlie Nelms (1987-1994)
Charlie Nelms served IU East as its third chancellor from 1987-1994.
He was born in Crawfordsville, Ark. Nelms would receive his Bachelor of Science in Agronomy and Chemistry from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Later, he attended Indiana University where he received his Master of Science in College Student Personnel and Higher Education Administration and his Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration. He was a Ford Fellow at Columbia University; he received a Lilly Endowment Intern in Higher Education Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award Rockefeller Student Leadership Award; and he was a recipient of an IU Dons Outstanding Citizen Award.
Prior to being IU East’s chancellor, Nelms was the vice president for Student Services at Sinclair Community College in Dayton. He was also the associate dean for Academic Affairs at IU Northwest; ombudsman for Student Affairs at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff; associate dean for Student Development at Earlham College; and he was lecturer and counselor at Lehman College at the City University of New York.
While chancellor, Nelms served the community as a board member for the Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce, Reid Memorial Hospital, Indiana Youth Institute, Wayne County Opportunities Industrialization Center, Leadership Wayne County, Whitewater Community Television (WCTV), Richmond YMCA Endowment Fund, and the Bank One Community Advisory Committee.
During his time at IU East, Nelms was also a professor of education. As chancellor, he saw an increase in enrollment and full-time faculty on staff. IU East’s scholarship endowment, budget, and funding grew as well as the campus. Construction of Hayes Hall was completed providing the campus with the library, nursing labs and classroom space. He also saw the establishment of several new programs including Tutorial Services, Moving On, and the IU East Alumni Association. Nelms is now the chancellor at North Carolina Central University.
David Fulton (1995-2007)
David Fulton was IU East’s fourth chancellor from 1995-2007.
Fulton came to Richmond in 1971 as an instructor in history and political science before he was promoted to assistant professor of history and political science. During his tenure as assistant professor, Fulton took on administrative duties as assistant to Chancellor Alex Shilt for Campus Planning and Academic Development. He was later named director of Planning and Budget by then Chancellor Glenn Goerke. In 1988, he was named vice chancellor for Administrative Affairs and also served as acting chancellor in 1986-1987 and again in 1994-1995, prior to being named chancellor.
Fulton first joined Indiana University in 1966 when he began work toward a Ph.D. in East European History in Bloomington. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in History degree from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania. Immediately after, he traveled overseas to study political science at the University of Manchester in England. As a specialist in Balkan history, Fulton spent considerable time in Yugoslavia in the 1960s and held a Fulbright Fellowship in Zagreb, Yugoslavia in 1969-1970.
Fulton was known for his efforts in weaving the university into the communities it serves by building community partnerships. During his time as chancellor, Fulton managed the construction of Springwood Hall in Richmond, the Danielson Learning Center in New Castle and the Connersville Center.
While chancellor, Fulton served the community as past president of the Starr-Gennett Foundation; Planning Group CEO Roundtable of the Richmond Wayne County Chamber of Commerce; Indiana University Foundation Development Committee; Boards of Historic Landmarks of Indiana; Greater Richmond Progress Committee, Chair of Task Force dealing with city master plan, performing arts center, and neighborhood development: 1997 Campaign Chair of United Way; United Way of Indiana Board member, serving as treasurer in 1987 and vice president in 1988; served as president of the United Way of Wayne County, Community Services Council, Social Services Planning Board; and board member Reid Hospital and Health Care Services from 2001-2004.
Fulton was the recipient of numerous awards for community work and is a frequent speaker on current East European affairs as well as community and campus activities to local organizations.
Fulton remains active in the Richmond community as a member of the Board of Directors of Wayne Bank and Trust; Leadership Group Facilitator for the American Council on Education Fellows Program; Chair of the Steering Committee of the Countrywide Partnership for Youth, Wayne County; Member of the Mayor’s Council on Economic Vitality and Chair of the Certified Technology Park Committee; and as the Treasurer of the Starr-Gennett Foundation Board.
Nasser Paydar (2007 - Present)
Nasser H. Paydar was appointed IU East’s fifth in January 2009. He was the university’s interim chancellor from June 2007-December 2008.
Before coming to IU East, Paydar served as vice chancellor and dean of Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus for three and a half years, where he was credited with overseeing significant growth in enrollment, faculty and programs.
Paydar began his service at Indiana University in 1985 when he joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at IUPUI as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering. From 1989 to 2003, he served as chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI, associate dean for graduate programs, associate dean for academic programs, and executive associate dean. In spring 2004, Paydar was named vice chancellor and dean for Indiana University - Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC).
Paydar holds bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from Syracuse University. He has authored over 60 scientific publications in solid mechanics and computational methods based on finite element analysis with applications in electronic packaging and biomechanics.
Paydar has been principal and coprincipal investigator of research grants from National Institutes of Health, Cummins Electronics, Carrier Electronics, Delco Electronics Corporations, Rockwell International, DePuy Inc., and U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center.
While chancellor, Paydar has brought a new mission to IU East as the region’s premier four-year and master's public institution in eastern Indiana and western Ohio. He has also brought record-breaking enrollment to the campus which now has an enrollment of over 3,000 students.
In March 2008, Paydar formed an innovative partnership with Ivy Tech Community College to enhance learning opportunities for residents of east central Indiana and west central Ohio. The two campuses declared their commitment to working together to provide efficient and affordable academic programs to their surrounding communities. Ivy Tech is responsible for the delivery of college preparatory, workforce certification, associate degree and transfer programming while IU East provides over 50 four-year baccalaureate and master’s degree programs.