In the winter, Whitewater Hall officially opens to students. The following fall the campus has a 30 percent increase in enrollment to 820 students.
Alexander Schilt becomes the director and establishes the first annual campus fundraising campaign.
Alexander Schilt is named the first chancellor of IU East.
Glenn Goerke takes up the mantle as chancellor. Goerke explores the possibility of offering baccalaureate degrees.
The IU Board of Trustees approves the baccalaureate mission. (Approval for fouryear programs was given by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education in 1986.)
IU East receives accreditation by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
“My fondest memories of IU East include the people that I met who’ve become and I would like to say that we will always love Indiana University East, Richmond, Indiana, and the wonderful people who were part of the campus and community during our years there. Our congratulations on this milestone in the campus’ history and best wishes to all of the current faculty, staff and Chancellor on the road ahead,” Goerke said.
Charlie Nelms Charlie Nelms served IU East as its third chancellor from 1987-1994. Prior to being IU East’s chancellor, Nelms was the vice president for Student Services at Sinclair Community College in Dayton. He was also the associate dean for Academic Affairs at IU Northwest. During his time at IU East, Nelms was also a professor of education. He is now the chancellor at North Carolina Central University. “My fondest memories of IU East include the people that I met who’ve become lifelong friends. I also remember with gratitude and fondness the working relationship that existed between IU East, Earlham College and Ivy Tech Community College.”
IU East’s fourth building, the Classroom/ Student Activities Building, is dedicated as Springwood Hall. The Graf Recreation Center is also dedicated at the ceremony for John and Corinne Graf.
As chancellor at IU East, Nelms saw an increase in enrollment and full-time faculty on staff. IU East’s scholarship endowment, budget, and funding grew as well. Construction of Hayes Hall was completed providing the campus with the library, nursing labs and classroom space. Nelms also established several new programs including Tutorial Services, Moving On, and the IU East Alumni Association. One of his proudest achievements was IU East’s accreditation as a four-year institution by the North Central Accreditation Association of Schools and Colleges (NCAASC). Previously, IU East was an accredited two-year university and offered only associate degree programs. Students would have to travel to Indianapolis or Bloomington to complete a bachelor’s degree. “Many of the people who supported IU East never attended the university but were fiercely loyal. IU East was their university. This loyalty resulted in a successful fundraising effort to defray Hayes Hall construction costs.”
The IU East Alumni Association celebrates its 10th year anniversary with over 2,600 alumni. In 1989, there were 898 alumni. The New Castle programs move to the newly constructed Danielson Center, built after over $1 million was raised in Henry County. Enrollment increased there from 102 in fall 1998 to 278 in fall 1999.
The Campaign for Community concludes with $2.5 million raised. The campaign funds the establishment of the Center for Entrepreneurship and construction of the Art Gallery and Meijer Artway.
The Art Gallery opens in Whitewater Hall. More than 2,000 people visit the gallery during the first six months.
Nelms continues to visit Richmond and the campus even though he is now at the University of North Carolina. These days, he says he also stays in touch via the IU East website and from Chancellor Nasser Paydar’s newsletter. He feels IU East’s future is bright, fulfilling an important role in the state of Indiana. “I’m delighted to see the growth that’s occurring at IU East and appreciate the leadership provided by Chancellor Paydar.”
David Fulton David Fulton succeeded Chancellor Nelms. Fulton was IU East’s fourth chancellor from 1995-2007. Fulton came to Richmond in 1971 as an instructor in history and political science before he was promoted to assistant professor of history and political science. “I am proud of the fact that I spent my entire professional career on the project of creating and building Indiana
2007 The Master of Science in Education is established with its first cohort class. Nasser H. Paydar is appointed Interim Chancellor. The Quigg Family Foundation Nursing Laboratory and the Reid Hospital & Health Care Services Simulation Lab are dedicated. IU East launches intercollegiate athletics joining the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
2008 IU East officially becomes the Red Wolves, changing its mascot from the Pioneers. As part of its new mission as east central Indiana’s leader in baccalaureate education, IU East no longer admits students into associate degree programs.
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