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IPFW's chief academic officer resigns; Arts & Sciences dean to replace him

FORT WAYNE -- A man appointed last summer to serve as IPFW’s chief academic officer has stepped down and a 20-year veteran of the university has been tapped to serve in his place.

Jeffrey R. Anderson resigned Monday from his position as IPFW’s vice chancellor for academic affairs, university spokeswoman Nicole Wilkins said Wednesday.

“He didn’t do anything wrong, he wasn’t fired, he just decided to step down,” she said.

Attempts to contact Anderson Wednesday evening were unsuccessful.

Anderson joined the university in July as the vice chancellor for academic affairs after a five-month search for a new academic leader.

Although he will no longer serve in an administrative role, Anderson plans to remain at IPFW as a professor in the Department of Mathematics, Wilkins said.

A short time after Anderson’s announcement, Carl Drummond was selected to fill the role of chief academic officer, Wilkins said.

Drummond, who joined the university as a faculty member in the Department of Geology in 1994, has served as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences since July 2009.

He also held the position of associate vice chancellor for research and external support from 2002 to 2009, Wilkins said.

Drummond received his bachelor’s degree from James Madison University in 1988 and attended the University of Michigan, where he obtained masters and doctorate degrees.

In his new role, Drummond will oversee academic policy, planning, curriculum and faculty development and will be responsible for budgetary plans to support academic units, according to IPFW’s website. He will also be responsible for approving personnel actions in the academic affairs area.

“Carl’s intellect, experience, proven ability as an academic leader and administrator and knowledge of IPFW will serve the Office of Academic Affairs and the university exceedingly well,” university officials said in a statement.

Elaine Blakemore, professor of psychology at IPFW, was selected to fill Drummond’s role as interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.