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Welcoming Indiana University's 19th President

Pamela S. Whitten

A visionary scholar, Whitten will assume the role of president on July 1, 2021.



A message from IU President-elect Pamela Whitten

About Pamela Whitten

The Indiana University Board of Trustees has named Pamela Whitten as the university’s 19th president. A visionary scholar and accomplished educator and researcher, Whitten has held a variety of leadership roles, beginning at Michigan State University where she served as a dean for five years, and now as president of Kennesaw State University.

As IU’s first female president, Whitten assumes the helm at one of the nation’s leading research universities at a time of record-level research funding and philanthropic support.

Whitten holds a Ph.D. in communication studies from the University of Kansas, a Master of Arts in communication from the University of Kentucky and a Bachelor of Science in management from Tulane University. She is an internationally recognized expert in the field of telemedicine. As part of her work in higher education, she additionally held leadership roles at University of Georgia and the University of Kansas Medical Center.

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IU President-Elect Whitten's message to the IU community

In a video message, Whitten said she's looking forward to joining one of the nation's greatest public universities.

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I'm deeply honored to be selected to lead this great university, and I look forward to working with the exceptional faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of IU to seize the opportunities and challenges ahead, creating a better future for all of those we serve.

Pamela Whitten Indiana University's 19th president