Jay Gladden named associate vice chancellor for undergraduate education, dean of University College

  • Jan. 5, 2017


INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer Kathy E. Johnson has announced the appointment of James "Jay" Gladden as associate vice chancellor for undergraduate education and dean of University College.

Gladden, dean of the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management at IUPUI since 2009, will assume his new position Feb. 1.

As associate vice chancellor for undergraduate education, Gladden will provide leadership for campuswide student-success programs and initiatives, promoting a culture of undergraduate persistence and achievement. He will manage programs that serve students throughout their undergraduate experience, ensuring such programs meet current and future needs of students.

As dean of University College, Gladden will head the unit that serves students from the time of orientation through their entry into degree programs at IUPUI.

"Jay's successful efforts at the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management have improved student retention, increased the number of degrees conferred and significantly expanded students' community-engagement experiences with nearly 100 community partners," Johnson said. "He brings that experience in leadership and innovation to his new role. He is the right person at the right time to lead campus efforts to help students persist, achieve and succeed."

Since becoming dean of the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management, Gladden created an Office of Student Success and grew the number of student-support staff from one to seven, increased freshman/sophomore retention rates to 87 percent from 75 percent, increased the number of degrees conferred by the school from 243 to 418, and increased the number of community-engagement hours completed by school students from less than 7,000 to more than 114,000.

"IUPUI has clear and ambitious goals around student success, retention and graduation," Gladden said. "I look forward to leading a talented team and collaborating across campus in the next round of innovative activity to achieve these goals."

Before coming to IUPUI, Gladden was associate dean at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and he served in several other capacities at that university, including as acting department head for the Department of Sport Management, as director of the sport management graduate program and as an associate professor in the Department of Sport Management. In the private sector, he worked for a sports and entertainment agency and for Ralston Purina Company.

"I would also like to thank Stephen Hundley and David Malik for serving as interims in this position while we conducted the search," Johnson said.

Gladden earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from DePauw University in 1988, his master's degree in sport management from The Ohio State University in 1991 and his doctorate in sport management from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1997.