The ceremony will take place on the IU Southeast campus in the Richard K. Stem Concert Hall of the Paul W. Ogle Cultural & Community Center, at 2 p.m. A reception, will take place immediately following the ceremony in the lobby of the Ogle Center.
The installation ceremony is derived from centuries-old academic customs that formally recognize a change in leadership at the school’s highest level. It is designed to introduce the new chancellor to the community, and to provide an opportunity to communicate his vision for the institution. It serves as the formal transference of the responsibilities Chancellor Wallace accepted on July 1, 2014.
As Chancellor, Wallace serves as the chief executive officer for the campus; oversees a cabinet of Vice Chancellors; and has executive and administrative control over institutional policy, strategic planning, budgeting, development, faculty and staff.
Wallace moved to the U.S. in 1978 to attend Eastern Illinois University on an athletic scholarship. He earned his undergraduate and Master of Arts degrees, then completed a Doctor of Arts degree in English from Illinois State University. Wallace has published five books, including two award-winning volumes on writing pedagogy, and has completed postdoctoral work including a Fulbright-Hayes-funded research project in South Africa, work at Harvard in the Management and Leadership in Higher Education Program, and a Japan Foundation-funded research tour of Japanese universities and high schools.
The ceremony is expected to draw local and state elected officials and business leaders, as well as members of the Indiana University Board of Trustees and campus community. Media presence is welcome and encouraged, and accommodations will be made for those who wish to attend.
For more information about the installation ceremony for IU Southeast Chancellor Ray Wallace, visit ius.edu/installation.