Indiana University announces Pamela Whitten as president of IU

In an e-mail Friday Indiana University’s board of trustees announced Pamela Whitten as the new president of Indiana University.

Here is the text of the e-mail sent Friday:

“This morning we woke up to news of another heartbreaking mass shooting, this time at a FedEx facility in our own state. These events have become horribly familiar to us, and our thoughts are with our fellow Hoosiers as we grapple with another tragedy. The weight of this painful event will stay with all of us. 
As we’ve had to do too many times in recent memory, we will carry on with heavy hearts. I do want to share some historic IU news with you.

It is my privilege and honor, as chairman of the Board of Trustees, to introduce Pamela Whitten as the nineteenth president of Indiana University.

A visionary scholar, Pamela has distinguished herself as an internationally recognized faculty expert in telemedicine. She is a passionate and accessible leader, beginning from her time at Michigan State University to now, as president of Kennesaw State University — part of the University System of Georgia and the second largest university in the state.

With a strong track record of leadership accomplishments in additional positions at the University of Georgia and the University of Kansas Medical Center, Pamela holds a Ph.D. in communication studies from the University of Kansas, a Master of Arts in communication from the University of Kentucky and a Bachelor of Science in management from Tulane University.

Pamela was appointed by the Board of Trustees following an extensive search, with faculty, staff and students across the university providing early input regarding the characteristics and experiences most desired in IU’s next leader.   

As IU’s first female president, she follows an accomplished group of distinguished IU presidents. Her work advancing one of the nation’s leading research universities will be championed by a wealth of faculty and staff talent at a time of record-level research funding and philanthropic support. We remain grateful to President Michael A. McRobbie for his contributions to these and other successes and look forward to celebrating his accomplishments; details will be shared in the coming weeks at

Prior to assuming the presidential role on July 1, Pamela will meet with various student, faculty and staff groups as part of a detailed transition plan overseen by trustee MaryEllen Bishop.

Appreciating that the IU community is eager to get to know our president-elect, we invite you to watch a short video message from Pamela. In addition, you will learn more about our new leader at a special website, where information will be added in the coming months as we eagerly anticipate her arrival.
  Michael J. Mirro Chair
Indiana University Board of Trustees”

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