IUPUI’s Paydar plans to step down as chancellor

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Nasser Paydar (foreground at right) has been IUPUI's chancellor since 2015. (Submitted photo)

Nasser H. Paydar, who has served as chancellor of IUPUI since 2015, announced Thursday that he plans to retire from the urban university in downtown Indianapolis next March.


Paydar, 64, has spent 32 years in administrative roles for Indiana University, including leadership positions at IUPUI, Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus and IU East.

He joined IUPUI in 1985 as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering in the School of Engineering and Technology.

“For 36 years, I have had the honor, privilege and joy of serving Indiana University,” he said in a media release issued Thursday. “During my years of service, I have seen this institution grow stronger in its education and research mission as well as working in partnership with the community.”

IU President Pamela Whitten, who took over that position from Michael McRobbie in July, is forming a search committee with the goal of hiring a new chancellor before Paydar completes his term on March 1.

Under Paydar’s leadership, IUPUI has expanded its footprint in downtown Indianapolis and has grown to include more than 550 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs from IU and Purdue University.

During his tenure, the campus has seen increases in on-campus housing and residential programs, as well as enhanced student life opportunities.

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3 thoughts on “IUPUI’s Paydar plans to step down as chancellor

  1. Chancellor Paydar was been the right leader at the right time. Under his watch, IUPUI has strengthened by all measure, including its impact in the community. IUPUI is now a model urban university, thanks in large part to his tireless efforts to mature this unique institution.

    1. IUPUI has made big strides under Chancellor Paydar. Indiana University gets more external research funding in Indianapolis than in Bloomington by a long shot. Hopefully the new Chancellor continues to capitalize on research.