Bantz to step down as IUPUI chancellor in 2015

Charles Bantz plans to step down as chancellor of IUPUI in August, after 12 years leading the Indianapolis campus, the university announced Monday.

Bantz, 65, plans to take a one-year leave of absence before returning to IUPUI as a professor.

Under Bantz, IUPUI has boosted the number of students living on campus as well as its graduation rates.

More than 2,000 of the 31,000 student now attending IUPUI live on campus, up from 350 when Bantz arrived in 2003.

This year, IUPUI issued 3,682 bachelor’s degrees, up by 66 percent from the total it handed out in 2003, the year Bantz took the IUPUI helm.

In late 2013, Bantz helped complete a $1.4 billion fundraising campaign for IUPUI.

“Much of this recent success can be attributed to the work done by Charles and his leadership team over the past decade,” said Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie, in a written statement.

McRobbie added that details on the search process for a new chancellor would be announced in the coming weeks.

Bantz came to IUPUI from Wayne State University in Detroit, where he was provost and senior vice president.

Before that, Bantz served as a vice provost and dean of the department of communication at Arizona State University. He also taught at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Bantz earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Minnesota and his doctorate in communication at Ohio State University.

“This is a good time for a transition,” Bantz said in a written statement. “We have accomplished a tremendous amount in the past 11 years and are well-positioned for success in the future.”

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