Charles R. Bantz became the fourth chancellor of IUPUI in 2003. Prior to coming to IUPUI, he served as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Wayne State University in Detroit. Under his leadership, IUPUI has experienced remarkable expansion, including growth in research funding, dramatically improved graduation rates, and awards for civic engagement and the Principes of Undergraduate Study. New facilities include three buildings for research, two buildings for instruction, an 800-bed student housing complex, and the new Campus Center, a focus of student life.
Bantz earned a bachelor's degree in English education at the University of Minnesota, a master's degree in speech communication from the University of Minnesota, and a Ph.D. degree from Ohio State University in communication.
Dr. Bantz is an accomplished scholar who has published on subjects such as organizational communication, television news, and social conflict. He serves on numerous community boards, including the United Way of Central Indiana. He is a member of the NCAA Division I Board of Directors and its Executive Committee and Finance Committee. He is a member of the American Council on Education's Commission on International Initiatives.
Bantz is married to Dr. Sandra Petronio, an expert on medical privacy and disclosure issues, health communication, family communication, and interpersonal relationships. She holds faculty appointments in the Department of Communication Studies at IUPUI and the Center on Bioethics at the IU School of Medicine, is Senior Affiliate Faculty, Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics, Clarian Health Partners, and is also the project leader for IUPUI's renowned Translating Research into Practice (TRIP) initiative.
For more information on Chancellor Bantz' academic career see his Curriculum Vitae above or visit the IU Executive Vice President site.