Cruz-Uribe begins tenure as IU East chancellor
July 1, 2013
Richmond, Ind. — Indiana University East’s sixth chancellor began her first days on campus listening to students, faculty, staff and those in the community to develop a shared vision for the university. Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe officially started in her position Monday, July 1. Cruz-Uribe said the trajectory of the campus’ enrollment growth – and IU East’s courageous innovative thinking – is what attracted her to the campus. It is her goal to keep that trajectory moving forward as well as focus on student success and to develop a plan that will keep IU East ahead of the changes coming in higher education.
Since 2007, IU East has seen unprecedented growth in its enrollment and experienced an 85 percent increase in the number of students enrolled in its more than 50 academic bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.
“IU East is at the forefront in terms of higher education’s broader issues, and we will continue to innovate and do everything we can to continue to increase student success. I’m very excited to get to know the campus and community and develop a vision together.”
Before joining IU East, Cruz-Uribe was at California State University Monterey Bay, since 2007. She led all aspects of the academic operations of the university and served as its second-in-command. Before that she was at Northern Arizona University from 1989 to 2007, serving four years as dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Cruz-Uribe said IU East and CSU Monterey Bay share numerous similarities including the focus both universities place on students and the emphasis on good teaching and learning. Both IU East and CSU Monterey Bay have about the same number of students enrolled, many of whom are the first in their families to attend college, and both campuses value and foster close community connections.
“As such, universities like IU East make a tremendous difference in the lives of their students,” Cruz-Uribe said. “I will enjoy meeting students, faculty, staff and community members and learning about their lives, their hopes and dreams and their accomplishments.”
Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Larry Richards served as the interim chancellor for the past year from June 2012 to July 2013. Richards, whose academic background is in engineering, business management and operations research, has served as vice chancellor and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs at IU East since 2004. He returns to the position today to serve as IU East’s chief academic officer.
The campus will host a welcome reception for Cruz-Uribe on Wednesday, July 17, at 4:30 p.m. on the Whitewater Hall patio that will be open to the public. A chancellor installation ceremony will take place later in the fall semester.
Kathryn Cruz-Uribe named new IU East chancellor
February 28, 2013
Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie announced the selection of Kathryn Cruz-Uribe as the new chancellor of the IU East campus, subject to the approval of the IU Board of Trustees. Cruz-Uribe has been serving as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at California State University, Monterey Bay.
Cruz-Uribe has been at California State University, Monterey Bay, since 2007, leading all aspects of the academic operations of the university and serving as its second-in-command. Before that she was at Northern Arizona University from 1989 to 2007, serving four years as dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
“Kathy has been highly successful in working with her colleagues to develop and retain quality student enrollments, while working with fellow administrators and faculty to accommodate such growth,” McRobbie said.
John Applegate, IU executive vice president for university regional affairs, planning and policy, said, “Kathy’s strategic planning experience, proven leadership abilities and commitment to community engagement will be invaluable as our East campus continues its momentum as a leader in fulfilling its educational mission to the community and contributing to economic and cultural development in the region.”
Cruz-Uribe was recommended by a search and screen committee led by Bill Stephan, IU vice president for engagement. She will succeed Nasser Paydar, who led the campus since 2007 and became executive vice chancellor of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Larry Richards has been serving as interim chancellor since last spring.
“I am thrilled and honored to be chosen as the next chancellor of Indiana University East,” Cruz-Uribe said. “My husband and I very much enjoyed our visit to campus and the wonderful faculty, staff, students and community members we met. I look forward to the opportunity to lead the continued development of the region’s campus of choice for four-year and master’s education, and to collaborate with colleagues throughout the state as we work to improve educational attainment in the state of Indiana.”
In her current role, Cruz-Uribe developed and implemented a 10-year strategic plan at California State University, Monterey Bay, which included a five-year academic plan. During her tenure, freshman retention rates rose from 65 percent in 2007 to 79 percent in 2012.
Enrollment grew by about 50 percent, from about 3,600 students in 2007 to more than 5,600 in 2012, accompanied by a commitment to academic and space planning to accommodate such growth. The university also went through a successful reaccreditation process — its first since its founding in 1994. Eight new academic degree programs came into existence under her leadership, as well as an undergraduate research center, and the general education program was revised.
In addition to four academic colleges at California State University, Monterey Bay, several other units reported to Cruz-Uribe, including the library, information technology, sponsored programs, international programs and institutional research.
At Northern Arizona University, she was dean of its largest academic unit, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. An archaeologist, Cruz-Uribe received her doctorate in anthropology from the University of Chicago.
IU East offers residents of eastern Indiana, western Ohio and beyond a broad range of bachelor’s degrees and selected master’s degrees and certificates through its traditional main campus in Richmond, off-campus sites and online program options. It has an enrollment of more than 4,100 students, over 425 faculty and staff, and more than 50 areas of study. The campus has a strong commitment to academic excellence. It offers the full collegiate experience, including NAIA men’s and women’s sports and a full complement of activities.
As chief executive officer of IU East, the chancellor is responsible for the operation of the campus and reports to the IU president through the executive vice president for university regional affairs, planning and policy. The IU East chancellor works with the chancellors and provost of IU’s seven other campuses.