IU Southeast selects two new members of administrative cabinet

23rd May 2013

NEW ALBANY, IN, (May 23, 2013) – Indiana University Southeast has named two new vice chancellors to join University administration.

Uric Dufrene has been named the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Jason Meriwether has been named the Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs. Pending approval by the IU Board of Trustees at their June meeting, both will begin in their new positions on July 1.


Uric Dufrene

Academic Affairs
Dufrene has been a faculty member in the School of Business at IU Southeast for 21 years. He began as an assistant professor in 1992 and served as dean of the School of Business from 1998-2002 and 2003-2006. His teaching expertise is in corporate finance.

Since 2006, Dufrene has served as the Sanders Chair in Business, an endowed faculty chair which includes teaching, economic development outreach, regional economics research, and media interaction. He has also been the coordinator of the accreditation process for the School of Business since 2006.

Originally from Mathews, La., (Lafourche Parish), Dufrene received his bachelor’s degree in finance and his M.B.A. from Nicholls State University. He also holds a Ph.D. in finance from the University of Mississippi.

“A solid foundation is in place, and I look forward to working with our community of stakeholders in advancing the academic quality and mission of IU Southeast,” Dufrene said. “The academic mission of IU Southeast is critical to the economic development of our community, and it is my vision to elevate that role in the entire region.”


Jason Meriwether

Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Meriwether comes to IU Southeast after most recently serving as Vice President of Student Engagement and Enrollment Management at Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn.

During his time at Fisk, he also served as Dean of Student Engagement, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, and director of the university’s Living Learning Center. He has also held positions in residence life at Loyola Marymount University, Georgia Southern University, and the University of Louisville.

A native of Guthrie, Ky., he earned a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Louisville and a master’s degree in psychology from Fisk University. He is currently completing an Ed.D. in higher education administration and supervision from Tennessee State University.

“Joining the IU Southeast community provides an amazing opportunity to engage an incredible population of students as they excel in academics, leadership, and service,” Meriwether said. “I am both humbled and excited to serve the great state of Indiana and to collaborate with faculty, students, and the entire campus community to continue the tradition of success at IU Southeast.”

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