Purdue Board of Trustees Names Ninth Chancellor of IPFW

By Scott Sarvay
By Rachel Martin

June 19, 2012 Updated Jun 22, 2012 at 8:27 PM EDT

Fort Wayne, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – After months of searching the Board of Trustees at Purdue University have made their decision on naming the next chancellor of IPFW.

64-year-old Dr. Vicky L. Carwein was introduced as the ninth chancellor of IPFW by Thomas Spurgeon, vice chairman of the Purdue University Board of Trustees Tuesday morning.

Carwein will replace Dr. Michael Wartell who was forced into retirement due to his age. Wartell is 65 years old.

Spurgeon says Purdue University requires that people in executive positions retire by 65 if they've reached a certain level where their income and benefits go above a previously set mark. That mark is $44 thousand in annuity, and Spurgeon says Wartell reached that during his 19 year service at IPFW. Wartell is the longest serving chancellor in IPFW’s 48 year history.

Although the new chancellor is 64, Spurgeon says Carwein has a benefits cap she can reach before having to retire. Since Carwein is new to IPFW and has not worked at the administrative level there, Spurgeon expects her to be able to serve in the position for 6-8 years before reaching that cap.

Carwein was born and raised in Gwynnville in Shelby County and has been serving as chancellor at Washington State University Tri-Cities in Richland, Wash. She has also served as president at Westfield State College in Westfield, Mass., and chancellor at the University of Washington Tacoma.

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