Walter J. Branson, IPFW's longtime vice chancellor for financial affairs, is leaving the university this summer to take a position at Missouri University of Science and Technology, IPFW announced today.
Branson will assume a new position as vice chancellor for finance and administration at the Rolla, Mo., university, Chancellor Vicky L. Carwein said in a statement.
"Walt has been with IPFW for 20 years and in that time has established himself as a trusted resource, highly regarded and admired by his colleagues," Carwein said. "He leaves big shoes to fill as he embarks on his new role."
Branson's last day will be July 31, and a transition plan will be developed during the next few weeks, the statement said.
At IPFW, it said, Branson has been responsible for budgetary and financial oversight, including serving as the campus' public records officer and as chief operating officer of the Indiana-Purdue Foundation at Fort Wayne.
Branson said in the statement he has been pleased to work with faculty, staff and administration at the university.
"IPFW is poised for strategic growth and student success and will continue to expand its higher education opportunities and economic development partnerships in northeast Indiana, " he said. "The support we've seen from the community and legislature has been amazing. All of this creates a very strong future for the university."