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The Journal Gazette

Friday, April 21, 2017 11:19 am

Verbatim: IPFW to be called Purdue University Fort Wayne

The Journal Gazette

Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne issued this news release today:

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) released the following statement today about the action taken at the Purdue University Board of Trustees meeting regarding the future name of the Fort Wayne campus:

"During the Purdue Board of Trustees meeting earlier today, the trustees approved a resolution to designate 'Purdue University Fort Wayne' as the new name for the campus that will arise from the realignment process, pending approval of the realignment by the Higher Learning Commission. The campus will be commonly known as 'Purdue Fort Wayne' on the realignment effective date of July 1, 2018.

"We continue working with Purdue and IU to implement the realigned structure with a view toward making it a success for our students, our campus community, our city, and the northeast Indiana region. Today’s action brings us yet another step closer to solidifying the future of our campus.

"What is important for everyone to remember is this: Purdue Fort Wayne will have the same mission that sustained IPFW for more than 50 years: an unmatched commitment to student success and the community, its employers and our alumni. Now, with a clearer focus and as the region’s premier comprehensive public higher education institution, we are better positioned to provide a differentiated, unique experience to our students and contribute to the many endeavors in northeast Indiana aligned with our areas of impact.

"This university is proud of its legacy, optimistic about the future, and remains committed to working to remove barriers and develop innovative ways to provide a world-class education that makes an impact in northeast Indiana — and beyond. As we move forward, we seek to collaborate to make this change successful and ensure our work remains rewarding and fulfilling."

Additionally, the Indiana University Board of Trustees also recently approved the name of Indiana University Fort Wayne for its health science programs. The naming will take effect with the July1, 2018 realignment.

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About IPFW

Established in 1964, Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) is the largest university in northeast Indiana. As the state's Multisystem Metropolitan University, we are uniquely positioned to serve the region as a crossroads of intellectual, social, economic, and cultural advancement and continue to expand our global reach through research, scholarship, and creative expression. IPFW combines challenging academics with a focus on student success across many prestigious degree programs, taught by nearly 350 full-time faculty. More than 8,300 degree-seeking students of diverse ages, races, and nationalities pursue their education on our nearly 700-acre campus. More than half of our students are first-generation college students and 15% are from underrepresented populations. And 73% of IPFW students receive some form of financial assistance to achieve their academic and career goals. A majority of IPFW's growing alumni network of 57,000 live and work in northeast Indiana, contributing to the region's economy, vitality, and intellectual strength.