Skip to main content

The Journal Gazette

  • Lantz

Friday, December 08, 2017 11:50 am

Former IPFW chancellor Joanne Lantz dies


A woman once honored as one of Fort Wayne's "women who broke the mold" has died.

Joanne Lantz, chancellor of IPFW from 1988 to 1994, died Wednesday. Her passing was announced to the university community by Chancellor Ron Elsenbaumer in an email Thursday.

Lantz came to IPFW in 1965 and retired as professor emerita of psychological sciences and chancellor emerita in 1994. She was the institution's first female chancellor.

Lantz received a B.S. from the University of Indianapolis, a master's degree from Indiana University and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University.

Lantz was assistant dean for student services administration in 1974-75. During her time as chancellor, the university experienced rapid growth with the construction of the the Visual Arts Building, Williams Theatre, the Engineering and Technology Building and the first parking garage on the campus.

She also was an avid supporter of campus athletics.

For more on this story, see Saturday's print edition of The Journal Gazette or visit after 1 a.m. Saturday.