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Indiana U names Kennesaw State’s Whitten next president

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind.  — The Indiana University trustees have selected as the school’s next president Pamela Whitten, currently the president of Kennesaw State University in Georgia.

Whitten, who will become U’s first female president, was appointed by the university’s Board of Trustees following an extensive search, Michael J. Mirro, the board’s chair, said Friday.

Whitten holds a doctorate in communication studies from the University of Kansas, a master’s degree in communication from the University of Kentucky and a bachelor’s degree in management from Tulane University. She’s an internationally recognized expert in telemedicine.

Current IU President Michael McRobbie announced in August he would retire when his term ends June 30.

Whitten became Kennesaw State’s president in July 2018. From 2014 to 2018, she served as a senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of Georgia.

In October, two committees — an 18-member search committee to screen candidates and a 26-member advisory committee to gather input from various stakeholders — formed.

The IU trustees asked that an 18-member search committee to prioritize seeking women and minority candidates for the presidency.

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