Kathy Johnson appointed IUPUI executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer

  • May 12, 2016


INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar has announced the appointment of Kathy E. Johnson as IUPUI's next executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer effective July 1, pending approval by the Indiana University Board of Trustees.

Johnson, who was selected to serve a one-year term as interim executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer upon the appointment of Paydar as chancellor, was chosen for the position after an extensive national search chaired by Michael Patchner, dean of the School of Social Work.

As executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer, Johnson will play a key leadership role in developing and guiding the implementation of IUPUI's academic plans and programs. Additionally, she will oversee the process for the recruitment, hiring and advancement of faculty, including promoting the continued success of the campus's efforts to increase the quality and diversity of its faculty.

"In her service as interim executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer, Kathy has already played a vital role on the IUPUI leadership team," Paydar said. "Her breadth of experience, collaborative and inclusive leadership style, and keen awareness of national trends and best practices in higher education will help cultivate faculty excellence and student success."

Johnson joined IUPUI in 1993 as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology. Since that time, she has risen through the ranks as a faculty member and held various administrative positions including department chair, associate vice chancellor for undergraduate education and dean of University College, and her current position as interim executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer.

Some of Johnson's administrative accomplishments include restructuring the Office of Academic Affairs to increase efficiencies, improve communications and align positions with strategic needs of the office; creating the Office of Institutional Research and Decision Support, which combines the campus's strength in institutional research with expertise in analytics, survey research and program evaluation; launching the Division of Undergraduate Education as a means of providing more coordination of the academic experience for undergraduates beyond the first year of college; expanding recruitment of students into targeted degree programs; improving support for the recruitment and retention of students from diverse groups in collaboration with the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; and leading planning to support the development of a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship among students in partnership with faculty, staff, and organizations within business, industry and the community.

"I am humbled and honored by the opportunity to continue serving the campus in this role," Johnson said. "I am eager to work with our outstanding campus community to help showcase IUPUI's astonishing array of strengths and help foster an engaging student-centered learning experience and a dynamic educational environment in which faculty, staff and students can thrive."

Johnson earned her B.S. and M.S. in psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and her Ph.D. in psychology from Emory University.