Four finalists for IU Southeast chancellor position to visit campus

15th January 2014

NEW ALBANY, IN (Jan. 15, 2014) — The Indiana University Southeast chancellor search committee has named four finalists in the search for a new chancellor. Finalists for the position will visit the campus this month to meet with faculty, staff, students and community members.

Following those visits, the university search committee that identified the finalists will meet again and make further recommendations to Executive Vice President for University Academic Affairs John Applegate and President Michael A. McRobbie, who will then meet with those candidates and recommend a final selection to the IU Board of Trustees.

The finalists and their campus visit dates are:

  • Jan. 28: Aldemaro Romero Jr., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of biological sciences, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
  • Jan. 30: Susan Sciame-Giesecke, interim chancellor and professor of communication arts, Indiana University Kokomo.
  • Feb. 3: Ray Wallace, provost and senior vice chancellor and professor of English at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith.
  • Feb. 5: Sam Minner, provost and vice president for academic affairs and professor of education, Radford University.

A 13-member search committee composed of faculty, staff, students and community members began work in the summer to identify and interview candidates for the position.

“I am pleased with the progress of the search and impressed with the enthusiasm and quality of the candidates,” said search committee chair Edwin Marshall, Professor Emeritus at the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington and Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI.

“These visits provide important opportunities for members of the campus community to meet with and engage prospective candidates in discussion on a broad array of issues associated with the future growth and vitality of IU Southeast.”

Aldemaro Romero Jr.



Romero has served as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville since 2009, where he is also a professor of biological sciences. Before that he served as the chair of the department of biological sciences at Arkansas State University and as the director and associate professor of the environmental studies program at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. He received his Ph.D. in biology from the University of Miami in Florida.




Susan Sciame-Giesecke



Sciame-Giesecke has served as the interim chancellor at Indiana University Kokomo since September 2012. She is also a professor of communication arts. Previously she served in a variety of capacities at Indiana University Kokomo, including as executive vice chancellor of academic affairs and student affairs, dean of the school of arts and science, and chair of the humanities department. She has a Ph.D. in speech communication from Indiana University Bloomington.




Ray Wallace



Since 2007, Wallace has been the provost and senior vice chancellor at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, where he also holds a professorship in English. Before that appointment, he served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Clayton State University in Georgia. From 2000 to 2003, he was the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Troy University in Alabama. He received his D.A. in English from Illinois State University.




Sam Minner



Minner has been university provost and vice president for academic affairs at Radford University since 2011. His prior experience includes serving as the founding dean of the School of Health Sciences and Education at Truman State University for 11 years and as the chair of the department of instructional leadership at Northern Arizona University. He holds a Ph.D. in cognitive and behavioral disabilities from the University of Arizona.

More information on the candidates is available at the IU Southeast chancellor search site.

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