Finalists announced for new IU Southeast chancellor


Joel Stinnett

IU Southeast is one step closer to naming a new chancellor.


The IUS chancellor search committee announced the four finalists on Wednesday, Jan. 15. The finalists are:

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

Student Government Association President Stephon Moore, who is the student representative on the search committee, said he was pleased with the finalists.

“I have never been more excited as a student as when I found out who the finalists were,” Moore said.

Students, faculty, staff and members of the IUS community will have a chance to meet the finalists late this month and early next when each visits campus. Romero will visit Jan. 28, Sciame-Giesecke on Jan. 30, Wallace on Feb. 3 and Minner on Feb. 5.

A student lunch is scheduled at noon in Hoosier Room West on each of the dates as an opportunity for students to get to know the finalists.

“I really hope students come out to meet the candidates,” Moore said. “We want to show that we have an active campus.”

At the conclusion of the visits, the 13-member search committee will make its recommendation to John Applegate, executive vice president for university academic affairs, and Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie, who will make the ultimate decision.

The committee began its search in June after former Chancellor Sandra Patterson-Randles announced she was stepping down from the top position at IU Southeast. Barbara Bichelmeyer, senior director in the IU Office of Online Education, has been serving as interim chancellor since July 1, 2013.

Look for more coverage of the chancellor search in The Horizon, including an in-depth look at the backgrounds of each candidate, which will be published in the upcoming Jan. 27 issue of the newspaper.