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Photo of Chancellor ElsenbaumerRonald L. Elsenbaumer

Ronald L. Elsenbaumer became Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne’s (IPFW) tenth chancellor on November 1, 2017, and will be the inaugural chancellor of Purdue University Fort Wayne,* effective July 1, 2018. As an accomplished educator and researcher, Elsenbaumer has more than 38 years of wide-ranging leadership experience that spans both academia and the private sector. Prior to coming to Indiana, he most recently served as senior advisor to the president for entrepreneurship and economic development, as well as interim dean for the College of Architecture, Planning, and Public Affairs (CAPPA) at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA).  Previously he held the positions of provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, and vice president for Research and Federal Relations at the institution.

Chancellor Elsenbaumer played a significant role in strengthening UTA’s academic and research profile. Under his leadership, he oversaw significant advancements in student success, overall enrollments, degree production at all levels, research expenditures, and helped secure more than $18 million in gifts and donations to enhance academic programs and create endowed faculty positions. He helped secure institutional designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, and the elevation in Carnegie Classification from R2 to R1, Doctoral University/Highest Research Activity in 2016.

Elsenbaumer joined UTA in 1991 as its founding director and chairman of the materials science and engineering (MSE) program and steadily assumed increasing levels of responsibility. This included, concurrently with the chair position in MSE, assuming the chair position of the department of chemistry and biochemistry in the college of science, as well as in 2002 assuming the directorship of the Nanofabrication Research and Teaching Facility. In 2004 he became the vice president for research and then in 2007 interim provost, in 2008 vice president for research and federal relations, and in 2011 provost and vice president for academic affairs. In January 2016, he assumed the position of senior advisor to the president for entrepreneurship and economic development, and then in September 2016 he also re-assumed the position of interim provost while a national search progressed.

Prior to joining UTA, Elsenbaumer held various positions in corporate research and management at Allied-Signal, Inc., a multinational corporation with headquarters in Morristown, NJ. Having made important laboratory discoveries and developed them into a commercial product, he had the privilege of being promoted from a laboratory scientist to a group leader, and later to an efficient project manager, effectively bridging multiple teams (in different geographical locations) for a successful product development and launch.

Elsenbaumer earned a B.S. in chemistry from Purdue University, West Lafayette, and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. He has authored or co-authored more than 110 publications and has more than 35 U.S. patents. During his time at UTA, he successfully graduated master’s and doctoral students, mentored undergraduate and high school students, and published extensively in peer-reviewed journals. He has also lectured at numerous conferences and universities around the world, and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Beta Kappa, and was inducted into the National Academy of Inventors in 2013. 

*Pending Higher Learning Commission approval.