January 2003


Change is the law of life,

and those who look only

to the past or the present

are certain to miss the future

--John F. Kennedy


            January 2003 brought many changes to IUPUI.  Our long-serving chancellor, Jerry Bepko, has been appointed interim president of Indiana University while a successor to Myles Brand, who now heads the National Collegiate Athletic Association, is sought.  And Charles Bantzwhose academic specialty happens to be the study of organizational behavior, culture, and change — prepares to join IUPUI as its next chancellor. 

            In March 2002, Jerry Bepko announced he would be stepping down as IUPUI chancellor at the end of the 2002-2003 academic year to return to teaching and research.  A 30-person search committee, chaired by John Walda, IU's executive director for federal relations and corporate partnerships, was appointed to conduct the search for Jerry’s successor.  IU School of Nursing Dean Angela McBride was vice chair of the committee.  The committee conducted a national search and considered well over 100 candidates.  On January 13, Interim President Bepko announced that he will recommend to the IU Board of Trustees that Charles R. Bantz be named chancellor of IUPUI, effective June 1.  He will also hold the title of IU vice president for long-range planning, as did Bepko while chancellor of the IUPUI campus

            A native of South Dakota, Charles Bantz holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Minnesota and the doctorate from Ohio State University.  He is currently provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Wayne State University.  After having held administrative positions of leadership at virtually every level of academe, he brings a wealth of experience to his new position and to IUPUI.  I have had an opportunity to talk with him and introduce him to members of the IUPUI family, and it is clear that he shares our optimism and enthusiasm for the future of the campus.



            Before coming to Wayne State in August 2000, Charles was the vice provost and director of university continuous improvement at Arizona State University and chair of the Department of Communication.  In a recent meeting with news reporters in Indianapolis, Bantz said of IUPUI, "The real challenges are to keep moving research, scholarship, and creative activity forward rapidly.  That is our obligation as a research university.  We also have a key obligation in continuing to serve the community, both in terms of quality and offering programs that are needed to respond to changes in the region and country.”

            Charles’s wife, Sandra Petronio, will also join our faculty with appointments in the Department of Communication Studies at IUPUI and the Center on Bioethics at the IU School of Medicine.  In the coming months, as often as possible while Charles wraps up his work at Wayne State, he and Sandra plan to meet with faculty, staff, students, and members of the Indianapolis community and get better acquainted with our city, our campus, and our university. 


Chief Deputy Mayor Teaches Class at IUPUI

            Exercising community leadership as a top city official is part of Mike O’Connor’s day job.  In January, he began teaching it as part of his night job at IUPUI.

            Mike O’Connor, chief deputy mayor of Indianapolis, is teaching a School of Public and Environmental Affairs class titled, “Community Leadership.” He brings his experiences as Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) commissioner, deputy associate administrator of the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and chief of staff and top advisor to Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson to bear on the subject.

            Students at our IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI are fortunate to be in the heart of a governmental center like Indianapolis, where leaders in state and local government, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector routinely bring their expertise and experience to our classrooms as guest lecturers and adjunct faculty.  Chief Deputy Mayor O’Connor will help students understand the intricacies of bringing corporate, civic, and academic leaders together on matters of mutual concern and benefit. Students will also examine how critical strategy and tactical leadership decisions are made and what role leadership style plays in final implementation.





Noted Scientist To Lead Stark Neurosciences Research Institute

            Gerry Oxford, Ph.D., has been selected as the first executive director of the Paul and Carole Stark Neurosciences Research Institute, pending approval of the Trustees of Indiana University.  The selection of Dr. Oxford ended several years’ planning and a 19-month search made possible through the generosity of Paul and Carole Stark, whose $15 million gift helps establish an extensive neurosciences research program at the IU School of Medicine.  The institute encompasses many disciplines:  medical and molecular genetics, chemistry, anatomy, pharmacology, psychiatry, pathology, physiology, computation, neurosurgery, and imaging.

            “Gerry Oxford is one of the top neuroscientists in the country,” said Dean of Medicine Craig Brater.  “He also brings the attribute of having developed a highly collaborative approach to research and education.”  Dr. Oxford has been on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faculty since 1976, where his research has focused on cell signaling pathways that regulate neurosecretory functions and pain sensation in the nervous system. 


IUPUI Honors King's Legacy with a “Day On” Not a “Day Off” of Service

            On January 20, Indiana Civil Rights Commission (ICRC) Executive Director Sandra D. Leek, known for her community involvement, was the keynote speaker for a breakfast for volunteers participating in the fourth annual IUPUI Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

The Day of Service began at the Madame Walker Theatre Ballroom, where volunteers received a  T-shirt with the theme, “What One Day Can Do.”

            During his lifetime, King sought to forge common ground so people from all walks of life could join together as equals to address important community issues.  Service, he affirmed, was the great equalizer. As he once said, “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.”

            In that spirit, IUPUI faculty, staff, students, and their guests spent the national holiday honoring King's life and work with a day of service to benefit the Indianapolis community.  Most IUPUI volunteers worked at service agencies in the near westside neighborhood bordering the campus.  

            Service sites include Atkins Boys and Girls Club, Dayspring Center, Hawthorne Community Center, Ronald McDonald House, and other locations.  Tasks included painting, refurbishing homes that will become low-cost housing, reading books to local children and helping them to create crafts that celebrate diversity.


Lake Family Institute on Faith and Giving Created at the Center on Philanthropy

            The family of the late Thomas H. and Marjorie Lytle Lake has established the Lake Family Institute on Faith and Giving at the IU Center on Philanthropy to explore how spiritual values influence philanthropic action. The $5 million gift was made possible by Tom and Marjorie Lake; their daughter, Karen Lake Buttrey; and her husband, Don. 

            During 22 years at the Lilly Endowment, Inc., Tom Lake served as president (1977-84), board chair (1977-92), and honorary board chair (1992-99).  He played a vital role with the endowment in revitalizing downtown Indianapolis. The Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee recognized his leadership in 1983 when it awarded him the inaugural Charles L. Whistler Award for his outstanding civic improvement efforts.  Prior to his work at Lilly Endowment, Tom Lake built a successful career at Eli Lilly and Company.  A pharmacist by profession, he started as a salesman in 1946 and worked his way up to the presidency in 1973 before retiring in 1976.  He served on the board of directors from 1965 to 1989.

            The Lake Family Institute is designed to honor Tom and Marjorie’s lifelong involvement in the church and the community. Although the Lakes focused much of their philanthropy on religious institutions, primarily Second Presbyterian Church, Marjorie Lake volunteered on the Guild of Crossroads Rehabilitation Center, while Tom Lake held volunteer positions with United Way and other community agencies.  The faculty of the institute and their research on issues related to religious values as a basis for caring for others will engage the community through publications, workshops, public lectures, and mentorship programs for aspiring philanthropists. 

            Dr. Robert Wood Lynn, former vice president and senior vice president of religion at the Lilly Endowment, who has written extensively about the field, will serve as senior fellow and executive director until December 2003.  Dr. William G. Enright, senior pastor at Second Presbyterian Church, will serve in the position beginning January 2004.  The Thomas H. Lake Chair in Religion and Philanthropy, who will be both a member of the Philanthropic Studies and Religious Studies faculties at IUPUI, is expected to be named by August 2004.

            We are pleased that the Lake Institute will be at IUPUI, in the city that the Lake family has done so much to advance, and at a campus where strong bonds between the community and the university will enhance its work.




                                                                                                            William M. Plater

                                                                                                            Acting Chancellor