In 2003, Charles Bantz became chancellor of IUPUI—Indiana’s urban public research university—serving 30,000 students.
A champion of urban-serving universities he strategically focused IUPUI’s teaching, research, and engagement in support on Indiana’s economic clusters. He is a persistent advocate for student success and during his service, the number of bachelor’s degrees granted each year has increased from 2,200 to more than 3,600.
To achieve that success IUPUI maintains a culture of assessment and improvement, including enhancing student and faculty support services, and has initiated more than 25 “21st century degree programs.” For example, IUPUI launched the world’s first School of Philanthropy and the Fairbanks School of Public Health.
Both Schools were supported by major philanthropic support and in June 2013, IUPUI completed its second fundraising campaign of more than $1 billion, as the IMPACT campaign surpassed $1.36 billion.
Since 2002 external funding for research has grown from $202 million to more than $330 million including significant support for humanities and social sciences as well as medicine, engineering, and science.
He is a champion of IUPUI’s community engagement, which has been recognized with the U.S. President’s Award and selection for the honor roll Higher Education. He and Professor Sandra Petronio, his wife, endowed the Bantz-Petronio Translating Research into Practice Award to recognize engaged scholarship. He is deeply involved in the community through service on the United Way of Central Indiana Board of Directors and several other boards. He was the 2011/2012 president of the Economic Club of Indiana Board of Governors.
He has been active nationally serving the higher education community, including having been a member of the NCAA Division I Board of Directors and the NCAA’s Executive Committee from 2007 to 2011. He is chair of the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities and has been a member of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities’ Board of Directors.
He holds a bachelor's degree in English education from the University of Minnesota, a master's degree in speech communication from the University of Minnesota, and a Ph.D. from Ohio State University in communication. He has published books and articles on organizational communication, student success, internationalization, and television news.