IU East’s Interim Chancellor Michelle Malott begins new role

Michelle Malott is settling into her new role on campus.

Now into the second full week as Indiana University East Interim Chancellor, Malott has completed the move across campus from her office in Whitewater Hall. Her office has been in IU East’s original campus building since she first joined the university in 2016 as executive vice chancellor of Academic Affairs in 2016.

Michelle Malott

Malott began her role as interim chancellor July 1. She was named in March 2022 as IU East’s interim chancellor following the retirement of IU East’s sixth chancellor Kathy Girten. Girten retired on June 30, 2022 after serving for nine years.

“I am humbled by the opportunity to serve in this role,” Malott said. “I will strive to provide stability and continuity for our campus while the search for a permanent chancellor is conducted. I am looking forward to working with our dedicated, caring staff and faculty as we prepare to welcome both returning and new students to campus next month and guide them through a successful year.”

As interim chancellor, Malott provides leadership for the academic, student, financial, development, and administrative aspects of the campus in coordination with Indiana University administration other regional campuses.

Malott is well prepared for the role of interim chancellor. In the year leading up to the start of her new role, she has taken on additional responsibilities for the campus as the deputy interim chancellor from August 2021 to June 2022 as Girten also served as interim chancellor of IU Southeast, a role she held since August 2021.

Susan Sciame-Giesecke, vice president of Regional Campuses and Online Education, selected Malott for the position in late March 2021.

I have come to know Michelle very well during this past year and I have been so impressed, said following Malott’s appointment. “She is a proven leader with significant experience. She is well versed in the needs of the campus, and she will provide continuity during this transition.”

Many of the responsibilities fell under Malott’s purview as executive vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, the senior administrative role on campus. As the executive vice chancellor, Malott provides academic leadership with the responsibility to plan and administer all aspects of IU East’s programs, activities, personnel and budget in the instructional and academic support areas. She works closely with the deans, directors, faculty, staff and student leaders to provide quality educational programs and services consistent with the campus mission.

Malott received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences (Biochemistry) from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and her Bachelor of Science in Biosciences from the University of Windsor, located in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Following the completion of her doctorate, Malott was a research fellow in the Cancer Research Division at Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis.

Malott serves on the board for Girls, Inc. and is a committee member of Forward Wayne County.

Before coming to IU East in 2016, Malott was a professor of Biosciences and held the positions of dean of the College of Science, Health, and the Environment and interim provost at Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Malott and her husband, Michael, dedicate much of their time to the rescue of unwanted and senior dogs, and currently share their home with three dogs.