After 19-Years of Being IPFW's Chancellor, Purdue Asks Wartell to Step Down

By Scott Sarvay

September 23, 2011 Updated Sep 23, 2011 at 6:13 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - For the past 19-years Chancellor Michael Wartell has been at the helm of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne but because of a Purdue University rule they say it's time for a change at its Fort Wayne campus.

Purdue University announced the formation of a search committee to find the next chancellor of IPFW, effective July 1st, 2012.

"IPFW is an integral part of the Purdue University system and will continue to be so," said Tom Spurgeon, vice chairman of the Purdue Board of Trustees. "Given its importance, the board believes it is critical that we begin a search that will allow ample time in which to find a chancellor who is as dynamic a leader as Mike Wartell."

Wartell released the following statement: “Purdue has announced the formation of a search committee for my replacement, because Purdue University’s rules for executive employees require retirement during the year of one’s 65th birthday. It has been my honor to serve IPFW for 19 years, and I appreciate the support shown for my extension as chancellor by the IPFW and northeast Indiana communities. I am extremely proud of IPFW’s accomplishments under my watch.”

Wartell joined IPFW in 1993 as vice chancellor for academic affairs and became its eighth chancellor in 1994. He has been the longest-serving leader of IPFW in the institution's 48-year history.

It was later revealed that Wartell will ask the university to allow him to stay on an additional 2-years because the school is in the middle of several large projects timed to be finished during the school's 50th anniversary year in 2014.

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