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Saturday, December 02, 2017 1:00 am

Carwein to stay to end of month

Finishing work before retirement

RON SHAWGO | The Journal Gazette

Vicky Carwein will remain with IPFW through this month with the title and salary of chancellor.

That means IPFW has two chancellors through Dec. 31, Carwein's last day.

Carwein, 69, announced her retirement in April with no clear end date but willing to smooth the transition for her successor and finish some tasks.

Ronald Elsenbaumer began as the school's 10th chancellor on Nov. 1.

“Until her retirement date, she has been tasked with assisting the new chancellor as needed in the transition, helping set up a new School of Music on the Fort Wayne campus and working to secure a major gift to Purdue Fort Wayne,” Purdue University spokesman Brian Zink responded in an email to The Journal Gazette Friday.

Zink did not reveal the gift Carwein is securing.

Details are still being negotiated and will be disclosed at a news conference when finalized, said IPFW spokeswoman Kimberly Wagner.

Carwein has mentioned working with Sweetwater Sound on a music technology degree as a major reason to extend her IPFW stay. Christopher Guerin, Sweetwater Sound's vice president of corporate communications, said last week the deal was still in the works but declined to provide details.

Carwein, who earned about $370,000 last year, does not sit in on administrative meetings and has no formal office on campus, Wagner said last week. Carwein informally agreed to stay on to help Elsenbaumer. The two met after Elsenbaumer's selection as chancellor and a couple of times since he took office, Wagner said.

Carwein's official title is professor of nursing and chancellor. She will leave with the title professor of nursing and chancellor emerita, an honorific that comes with no compensation, Zink said.

Purdue rules allow Carwein to stay a full year and take sabbatical, if she chooses, Wagner said, adding that former IPFW Chancellor Michael Wartell, who Carwein replaced, stayed on sabbatical and earned a full-year salary.

“Ron (Elsenbaumer) has been fine with her being here, too,” Wagner said. “They've met a couple of times, and she's provided some good insights and some good history on things and that kind of stuff. They have a good working relationship, but that's on an as-needed basis.”

An email sent to Carwein's IPFW address seeking comment was not immediately returned Friday.

Carwein told The Journal Gazette in October she made clear to Purdue President Mitch Daniels she was willing to stay until year's end but not into 2018. She planned to introduce Elsenbaumer to people and “transition the board appointments I have that will transition to him as a result of the position.” She also said she'd like to see the Sweetwater deal happen.

“I've always been of the mind that in our business, basically, you leave and the next person comes in. There's not this long transition period,” she said.

“So, I'm good either way.”

Andrew Downs, speaker of the IU faculty in the IPFW Faculty Senate, said he's confident Carwein will not abuse her title in her remaining days at IPFW, though “I find it interesting we have two people with the title of chancellor.”

He also said an end date had not been disclosed on campus, with many assuming Carwein would leave when Elsenbaumer took office.

Jeffrey Malanson, Faculty Senate presiding officers, declined to comment. 

Purdue Fort Wayne will evolve from the split of IPFW next year. Indiana University and Purdue trustees approved an agreement for IPFW's governance that establishes two institutions beginning July 1, 2018.

IU will have a lower profile and focus on health sciences. Purdue will handle all other academic programs.

rshawgo@jg.net