INDIANAPOLIS — Leadership, faculty and staff from Indiana University and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, as well as friends and family of the late Dr. Maynard K. Hine, gathered Thursday to celebrate the official naming of Hine Hall, the campus’s newest academic building, in honor of IUPUI’s visionary first chancellor.
“Dr. Hine’s contributions to the campus, to the city of Indianapolis and to higher education were enormous,” said IU President Michael A. McRobbie, who led the official ceremony. “Dr. Hine served as chancellor during the tremendously important formative years of IUPUI. His visionary leadership contributed to the foundation that has enabled IUPUI to become one of the premier urban research campuses in the nation.”
In 1944, Hine joined the IU School of Dentistry as professor and chairman of the Department of Oral Histopathology and Periodontics. The next year, he was appointed dean of the school, a role he served for nearly a quarter of a century, until 1968. At that time, Hine began working with Indianapolis Mayor Richard Lugar, IU President Joseph L. Sutton, Purdue President Frederick L. Hovde and other forward-thinking community leaders to establish IUPUI in 1969. That year, Hine was appointed chancellor of the campus, a position he held until 1973.
“Chancellor Hine certainly knew how to hit the ground running: He became a department chair early in his career; was appointed dean the following year; and later assumed the chancellorship with about 30 days’ notice,” IUPUI Chancellor and IU Executive Vice President Charles R. Bantz said. “But most importantly, Chancellor Hine is credited with launching IUPUI with a collaborative spirit — a spirit that carries us forward today.”
During his tenure as dean, Hine recruited outstanding faculty, and the school developed a national reputation for excellence in academic and research programs such as clinical dentistry and materials science.
In 1974, IU created the Maynard K. Hine Medal to honor individuals for unique and significant contributions to the campus and its alumni program. Additionally, the School of Dentistry established an endowment, the Hine Legacy Society, which gives generations of Hoosiers an opportunity to pursue excellence in dentistry.
“Maynard Hine led the IU School of Dentistry to become a world-class institution by creating an environment where young professors and scientists could flourish in their work,” School of Dentistry Dean John N. Williams said. “He convinced many to devote their entire careers to the school — exceptional educators who went on to write some of the world’s most revered dental textbooks and to conduct groundbreaking research. Leveraging these same talents enabled him to work effectively as IUPUI’s pioneering chancellor in laying the foundation for what IUPUI has become today.”
Hine was one of the nation’s most innovative pioneers in dental education and was a distinguished national leader in the field of dentistry, having served as president of the American Dental Association, the American Fund for Dental Health and other prominent dental organizations. As ADA president, Hine was a strong advocate of water fluoridation programs and was committed to improving the oral health of children.
In 2007, Hine was inducted into the Pierre Fauchard Academy International Hall of Fame of Dentistry.
“It was truly a privilege for Dad to serve as IUPUI’s first chancellor; and honoring his legacy in this manner is greatly appreciated by the entire Hine Family,” said Dr. Will Hine Sr. “My dad would be pleased at IUPUI’s tremendous growth and the vital contributions it’s making to the community.”
On Dec. 13, 2012, the IU Board of Trustees approved the request to name the conference center portion of the former University Place Conference Center and Hotel after Hine. Hine Hall officially opened to students at the start of the 2013 spring semester, on Jan. 7, and offers 30,000 square feet with 15 classrooms, academic office space and an existing auditorium.