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A veteran academic administrator and faculty leader is joining the Indiana University School of Medicine leadership team.

IU School of Medicine names new senior executive advisor to the dean

Neil Perdue, PhD

Neil Perdue, PhD

INDIANAPOLIS—A veteran academic administrator and faculty leader is joining the Indiana University School of Medicine leadership team.

Neil H. Perdue, PhD, has been named to the role of senior executive advisor to Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, dean of the school of medicine and executive vice president for Indiana University. Perdue currently is the executive vice president and chief strategy officer at the University of Indianapolis.

Perdue has been a member of the president’s office leadership team since 2017 when he assumed the role of chief of staff and director of strategic initiatives. He later expanded in that role to also serve as the university’s first chief operating officer. He assumed his current role with the president’s office in 2021.

“With 14 years of experience at an academic institution as both a faculty member and a senior administrator, Dr. Perdue is uniquely qualified for this role,” said Hess. “He has a deep understanding of the different constituents who make up an organization, their roles, and the distinct challenges they face. We are excited for him to bring his fresh perspective to our leadership team.”

Prior to his work as an executive leader on the president’s team, Perdue served as a tenured member of the University of Indianapolis faculty. An associate professor of psychology—a title he still holds—he joined the faculty in 2009 as an assistant professor. During his time as teaching faculty, he served as director of undergraduate programs, assistant dean of academic programs, and associate dean of the College of Applied Behavioral Sciences.

In his new role as senior executive advisor, Perdue will support Hess and other executive leaders with directing, implementing and monitoring the strategic agenda for IU School of Medicine and increasing alignment with the health sciences schools at IU.

“I am inspired by the School of Medicine, a world-renowned institute of education, research, and clinical care that has influenced the health and wellbeing of countless people,” said Perdue, who will officially assume his new role on May 1. “As a lifelong Hoosier, I am well aware of the indelible impact the school has had on our state and I am grateful for the chance to participate in the school's ongoing work under Dean Hess.”

Perdue is a 2002 graduate of Butler University, with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies. He completed his graduate education at Indiana University—earning a master’s degree in counseling and counselor education in 2004, an education specialist degree in mental health counseling in 2005, and a PhD in learning and developmental sciences in 2009.

About IU School of Medicine

IU School of Medicine is the largest medical school in the U.S. and is annually ranked among the top medical schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The school offers high-quality medical education, access to leading medical research and rich campus life in nine Indiana cities, including rural and urban locations consistently recognized for livability.