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About President Pamela Whitten

As an innovative, action-oriented leader, Pamela Whitten leads with a student-focused approach. Under her leadership, Indiana University remains focused on students, research and service to Indiana and beyond. 


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.


IU's impact

President Whitten is committed to a focus on student success, world-class research and scholarship, and to improving Hoosier health and the economy in Indiana and beyond.

Areas of focus

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.

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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

Career and honors

Before joining IU, Whitten held a variety of leadership roles in higher education, including serving as a dean at Michigan State University, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of Georgia, and as president of Kennesaw State University. She is an internationally recognized expert in the field of telemedicine, holding a Ph.D. in communication studies and a Master of Arts in communication.

  • 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)

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