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Kathy Johnson and Stephen Hundley to serve key positions as part of IUPUI leadership transition



INDIANAPOLIS — Two new interim senior leadership appointments have been announced by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Chancellor-Select Nasser H. Paydar as part of a transition to new campus leadership in August.

Kathy E. Johnson has been selected to serve a one-year term as interim executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer effective Aug. 16. A nationwide search for IUPUI’s executive vice chancellor will begin during the 2015-16 academic year.

Johnson, who joined IUPUI’s faculty in 1993 and is a professor in the Department of Psychology in the Purdue School of Science at IUPUI, has served as associate vice chancellor for undergraduate education and dean of University College since 2011. Previously, she served as chair of the psychology department and as faculty fellow to the Office of Academic Affairs. Johnson earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and her doctorate from Emory University.

“Dr. Johnson has consistently demonstrated excellent leadership and a commitment to the highest academic standards,” Paydar said. “Her background, experience, dynamic approach to planning and execution, and experiences across the university prepare her to serve exceptionally well as the chief academic officer of this campus.”

“I am humbled and honored to serve this campus that I love and consider my home,” Johnson said. “The task for this year will be to continue, and hopefully accelerate, the momentum as we work to achieve elements of the IUPUI Strategic Plan aligned with academic affairs.”

Also effective Aug.16, Stephen Hundley has been appointed interim associate vice chancellor for undergraduate education and dean of University College, succeeding Johnson during her interim appointment. Hundley will also serve as special advisor to the chancellor for strategic initiatives during the 2015-16 academic year.

“Dr. Hundley has exceptional preparation and leadership skills that make him an excellent choice to lead our Division of Undergraduate Education and University College during this year of transition,” Paydar said.

“The Division of Undergraduate Education plays a vital role in contributing to student learning and success, and University College, in particular, provides students a strong foundation on their path to graduation,” Hundley said. “I look forward to working with faculty and staff colleagues to advance important priorities of the IUPUI Strategic Plan.” 

Hundley joined IUPUI in 1997 and is professor of organizational leadership and supervision in the Department of Technology Leadership and Communication within the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI. His prior administrative roles include program director, department chair and associate dean for academic affairs and undergraduate programs in the School of Engineering and Technology; associate vice chancellor for strategic initiatives in the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor; and chief academic officer. Hundley earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University and his doctorate from American University in Washington, D.C.