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IPFW's Wartell not finalist for U of La job

Friday, November 2, 2012 - 9:02 am

BATON ROUGE, La. – IPFW's former chancellor was not chosen from among several applicants to lead Louisiana's largest university system.

The applicants – university chancellors, former chancellors and department heads from Maine to the Midwest – included Michael A. Wartell, chancellor emeritus and chemistry professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

The university's board met Thursday to choose Sandra Woodley to interview Nov. 9 to lead the nine-university system with 92,000 students. Woodley is vice chancellor of strategic initiatives at the University of Texas system.

“We have a strong group of applicants but feel Dr. Woodley's finance background and experience at multiple higher education systems most closely aligns with the current needs of the University of Louisiana System,” said UL System Board Chair Wayne Parker in a release.

The release said Woodley was unanimously chosen from among 16 applicants.

Wartell wrote in his application that during the 18 years he was chancellor at IPFW, the campus nearly doubled the number of credit hours taken each semester, increased the percentage of full-time students from 35 percent to more than 60 percent, increased endowment from $17 million to $53 million, increased the number of endowed chairs from one to 11 and added more than 40 new programs.

He was forced to retire under a Purdue policy at the end of the last school year because he was turning 65.