Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership Urges Continued Support for IPFW Realignment

April 17th, 2017

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Board of Directors of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership announced today unanimous support for the realignment process undertaken by Purdue University, Indiana University and the campus at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne’s (IPFW).

IPFW Chancellor Vicky Carwein provided a status report and update on the progress of the realignment process recently to both the Regional Partnership Board and the Regional Opportunities Council (ROC), the investor board of the Regional Partnership.

The report provided insights to exciting opportunities for the growth and expansion of the campus along with continued focus on student success and program accreditation. The realignment process and supporting agreements are to be effective by July 1, 2018.

“While there is much work to be done, the realignment process is critical to the future governance and advancement of this campus,” stated IPFW Chancellor Vicky Carwein. “Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana have an incredible and unique opportunity to leverage the global brands of Purdue and IU to advance programs critical to our region and student success.”

The Regional Partnership Board and the ROC acted unanimously to pass the following resolution in support of the Purdue, IU and campus leadership as the realignment process continues.

The resolution reads as follows:

“The Regional Partnership board urges the business community to continue to advance the best interests of the campus, Purdue, Indiana University and our region through the realignment process. The realignment is critical to the clarity of governance, leveraging the global brands of Purdue and IU and the advancement of student success. The ultimate success of this campus is critical to the economic future of Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana. The Regional Partnership is committed to work collaboratively with business and community leaders in support of campus leadership and the realignment process.”

“This is a critical time of transition as we prepare for the next 50 years at the Fort Wayne campus for Purdue and IU. We are fully supportive of the transition teams and the realignment process,” said Scott Glaze, chairman and CEO of Fort Wayne Metals and chairman of the Regional Partnership Board of Directors. “This realignment represents a big opportunity for employers, students and our community as we continue our efforts to attract and retain talent in Northeast Indiana.”

About the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership

The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership was formed in 2006 to build a globally competitive economy in Northeast Indiana. It is a public-private partnership with the mission to build, market and sell Northeast Indiana to increase business investment. In 2010, the Partnership launched Vision 2020 to bring the region together around five key areas for economic growth: 21st Century Talent, Competitive Business Climate, Entrepreneurship, Infrastructure and Quality of Life. The Partnership supports 11 member counties: Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley counties. For more information, visit



John Sampson
President and CEO
Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership

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