A focus on students, research and service
Pamela Whitten is the 19th president of Indiana University and the first woman to lead IU, a world-class public research university with seven campuses throughout Indiana.
Under her leadership, IU has emphasized three central pillars: providing broad access to an education for all students from Indiana and beyond; pursuing world-class research, scholarship and creative activity; and making meaningful contributions to improving Hoosier health and the economic, social, civic and cultural development of the state and the world.
A look back at the first two years
During her first two years in office, President Whitten accelerated the university's efforts to hire and retain diverse faculty and researchers, strengthened IU's commitment to sustainability, and renewed its focus on student mental health.
Whitten has placed a strong emphasis on prioritizing students across the state, appointing the university's first vice president for student success. With support from search committees comprising faculty, staff and students, Whitten has also assembled a diverse and experienced leadership team that includes eight IU alumni. With this exceptional cabinet in place, IU is positioned for a bright and successful future. In 2022, she announced a bold new vision for the Indianapolis campus that will transform IUPUI into IU Indianapolis by the start of the 2024 academic
President Whitten has also led IU 2030, an interconnected strategic planning process across the entire university. After months of collaborative planning by thousands across the university, the IU 2030 strategic plans were released in April 2023. They include a comprehensive university-wide strategic plan and individual plans for each of the university’s campuses and the IU School of Medicine.
In the fall of 2023, President Whitten launched IU Innovates, a new university-wide initiative to support and advance entrepreneurship and innovation. The initiative provides an infrastructure to support student and faculty startup ventures while reinforcing the three pillars of the IU 2030 strategic plan.
The state's flagship university since 1820, IU has a record of leading innovation and advancing research and partnerships throughout the region that has continued during Whitten's tenure. In 2022, the IU School of Medicine, the largest medical school in the nation, celebrated record-breaking funding from the National Institutes of Health, and IU expanded enrollment and growth of its nursing program to address the state's nursing shortage.
In collaboration with IU’s First Nations Educational and Culture Center, Union Board, Native American and Indigenous Studies, and the Kelley Office of Diversity Initiatives IU held several events at the Indiana Memorial Union in celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The events included Ryan Singer of the Navajo Nation presenting his work on Indigenous Futurism, a Native crafts vendor, live painting, and dancing.
President Whitten spoke at The 2023 Impact Summit, led by Joyce Q. Rogers, Esq., EVP for Development at Indiana University Foundation. This event focuses on professional development, networking, and promoting a shared vision to maximize private support for IU. Members of the IU development community are invited to partake, fostering opportunities for all levels of development staff to exchange best practices and expand peer networks. The summit provides essential professional development topics, nurturing the career growth of fundraising staff and highlighting the university's priorities and philanthropy's significant role in offering support.
Regatta is a half-mile canoe race on the downtown canal in the heart of Indianapolis. This long-standing campus tradition benefits the Stefan S. Davis IUPUI Regatta Scholarship.
President Whitten and Provost Rahul Shrivastav speak to the IU School of Education-Bloomington faculty and staff at a meeting.
President Whitten attended IU Northwest's kick-off for Hispanic Heritage Month. IUN is the only public comprehensive higher education institution in Indiana designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution. Throughout September and October, our campuses will be bustling with events and activities that celebrate the heritage, achievements, and enduring spirit of our Hispanic and Latine students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
IUPUI’s deans help lead the campus’s academic units and fulfill IUPUI’s mission of advancing Indiana and the intellectual growth of its citizens through research and creative activity, teaching and learning, and civic engagement.
The IU Board of Trustees is the university’s governing body and holds responsibility for Indiana University’s mission and role.
IU is proud to celebrate 10 years of the Civic Leaders Center. The CLC emphasizes public service and leading for the greater good which has made IU a better place.
2023 Board of Aeons members meet with President Pamela Whitten at IU Bloomington.
The deans who lead the Indiana University Bloomington Division of Student Affairs are here to help students have the best possible experience during their time at IU.
Students, IUPUI Interim Chancellor Carol Anne Murdoch-Kinch, and President Whitten cut a cake to commemorate the first day of fall semester classes at IUPUI!
A Bloomington campus tradition since 1933, the New Student Induction Ceremony marks the beginning of Welcome Week and mirrors IU Commencement, symbolizing the full academic journey.
IU's Weeks of Welcome features the yearly "Traditions and Spirit of IU" event, co-hosted by FYE and IU Athletics. It introduces new Hoosiers to the IU family with excitement and pride.
Celebrating the 34th Wells Scholars class, which embodies our commitment to nurturing talent for leadership. These scholars possess academic excellence and social responsibility, poised to drive impactful change.
IU's move-in weekend showcases the dedicated Housing and Residence Life team and volunteers who help to create an environment where students can thrive academically, socially, and personally.
Indiana University's partnerships with life science partners, like Boston Scienticore, are a critical part of IU's dedication to innovation, research, and bettering health and wellness here in Indiana and across the globe.
President Whitten shakes hands as she meets with students during the Groups Scholars Program Summer Experience, which was created as a way to increase college attendance among first-generation, underrepresented students at Indiana University.
Ron and Jill Sedley's generous endowment gift will empower IU Bloomington's Jewish Cultural Center, fostering cross-cultural understanding and combating antisemitism through education and dialogue.
The IU Distinguished Service Medal was presented to Interim Chancellor Andy Klein from IU President Pamela S. Whitten during his farewell reception as he stepped down as the Interim Chancellor.
Trustees from both Indiana University and Purdue University approved a definitive agreement that paves the way for IU to transition its operations at IUPUI and officially begin as Indiana University Indianapolis in fall 2024.
President Whitten gives high fives to degree candidates after the IU Southeast Commencement.
The Libraries and Literacy Symposium took place at the IUPUI Campus Center in Indianapolis.
Chair of the Board of Trustees W. Quinn Buckner and President Whitten present a ceremonial Crimson Card and key to the Ferguson International Center namesakes Connie and Stephen Ferguson.
President Whitten poses with the Wilkie Sprint team celebrating 35 years since their victory in the first women’s Little 500.
Pamela Whitten with César Félix-Brasdefer, Shawn Reynolds, Hannah Buxbaum, Molly Fisher, and Mexico Gateway Program Coordinator Quetzalli Sánchez Clavel in front of an iconic UNAM central campus building.
The sixth annual Launch(ed) Women in Technology conference aims to inspire middle school girls to pursue their interest in STEAM fields: science, technology, engineering, art, and math.
President Whitten led the Vision 2024 all-task force meeting at the Madam Walker Theatre.
Acclaimed musician, artist and activist John Mellencamp will donate an archived collection of his life and work to Indiana University. The collection will include items related to his iconic artistry, social activism and philanthropy, and it holds original creative works, photographs, instruments and other significant memorabilia.
The Luddy Living Learning Center is designed as a housing option for students who love technology. Here students can take advantage of special opportunities, like a trip to Silicon Valley.
President Whitten is welcomed by Freie Universität's President Ziegler. IU has a strong partnership with the university and our longest student exchange program in the EU.
The IU's Latino Culture Center goal is to ease the transition to college for Latine students. They provide academic support, networking, cultural, social, and professional activities for their members.
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I am honored to lead this great university, and to continue to work with exceptional faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of IU to seize opportunities and challenges ahead, creating a better future for all those we serve.
Pamela Whitten President of Indiana University
- 2021- : President, Indiana University
- 2018-2021: President, Kennesaw State University
- 2014-2018: Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, University of Georgia
- 2009-2014: Dean of the College of Communication Arts & Sciences, Michigan State University
- 2007-2009: Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, College of Communication Arts & Sciences, Michigan State University
- 2006-2007: Assistant Dean, College of Communication Arts & Sciences, Michigan State University
- 2005-2006: Professor, Department of Communication and Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering, Purdue University
- 2005-2014: Professor, Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies & Media, Michigan State University
- 2004-2005: Professor and Director, Health & Risk Communication Center, College of Communication, Michigan State University
- 2001-2005: Associate Professor, Department of Telecommunication, Michigan State University
- 1998-2001: Assistant Professor, Department of Telecommunication, Michigan State University
- 1998-2005: Research Fellow, College of Human Medicine, Institute of Healthcare Studies, Michigan State University
- 1995-1998: Inaugural Director of Information Technology Services and Research and Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center
- 1993-95: Teaching Assistant, University of Kansas
- 1988: Instructor, University of Maryland, Frankfurt, West Germany Campus
- IBJ Media’s Inaugural Indiana 250 – Indiana’s Most Impactful & Influential Leaders (2022 and 2023)
- IBJ Media’s Women of Influence (2022)
- Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Who’s Who in Education – Top 100 Educators (2019, 2020 and upcoming May 2021)
- Atlanta Magazine’s Atlanta 500: Education & Healthcare (2020 and 2021)
- Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Most Admired CEOs (2020)
- American Telemedicine Association Fellowship (2011)
- Michigan State University Distinguished Faculty Award (2010)
- Michigan State University Outreach Scholarship Award (2008)
- Linkugel Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series Award, University of Kansas (2006)
- National Library of Medicine and American Medical Women’s Association: Local Legends in Medicine (2004)
- Michigan State University Teacher-Scholar Award (2002)