On June 19, 2015, the Indiana University Board of Trustees confirmed the selection of Nasser H. Paydar as IU executive vice president and the next chancellor of IUPUI (Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis). He succeeded Charles R. Bantz.
Paydar, who is IUPUI's fifth chancellor, has been an IU faculty member for nearly 30 years and has held various administrative and executive leadership positions since he joined IUPUI in 1985. He served as executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer of IUPUI since 2012, and as chancellor of Indiana University East from 2007 to 2012.
IUPUI is a core campus of Indiana University and the state's urban research and academic health sciences campus. IUPUI enrolls more than 30,000 students, including over 8,000 graduate students, with full-time faculty and staff numbering nearly 9,000, including 2,700 full-time faculty, an annual budget of $1.3 billion, and external research funding of more than $325 million in 2013-14 fiscal year. IUPUI offers more than 220 degree programs in 17 schools, including the schools of liberal arts and science, as well as professional schools of business, education, law, art & design, physical education and tourism management, nursing, engineering & technology, public & environmental affairs, dentistry, health and rehabilitation sciences, informatics and computing, social work, public health, philanthropy, and medicine. IUPUI's schools offer more than 140 IU degree programs and more than 80 Purdue University degree programs.
Paydar joined Indiana University in 1985 as an assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering in the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI. From 1989 to 2003, he served the School of Engineering and Technology as chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, associate dean for Graduate Programs, associate dean for Academic Programs, and executive associate dean. In Spring 2004, Paydar became responsible for the Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC) Center as vice chancellor and dean. In 2007, he was appointed as the chancellor of Indiana University East.
While chancellor at IU East, Paydar led strategic planning and a campus transformation that resulted in an 87 percent enrollment increase, an improved first-year retention rate and a significant increase in graduation rates. Through his leadership, the campus envisioned and implemented online education offerings that placed the campus at the forefront of such activity at IU. He also worked with community stakeholders and the campus to enhance university facilities, refresh campus image and fundraising, and improve faculty and staff morale and campus pride.
As IUPUI executive vice chancellor, Paydar led the IUPUI campus in a comprehensive and inclusive strategic planning process that engaged more than 250 individuals at IUPUI, launched 12 task forces, and resulted in 10 strategic goals for the campus. He also led the campus through its transition to implementing the strategic plan, including enhancements to undergraduate education and other developments that will help IUPUI fulfill its new vision, help the campus achieve greater success and distinction, and contribute to economic development in the state.
Nasser Paydar is a graduate of Syracuse University with a Ph.D. from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He has extensive publications in scientific journals in the area of solid mechanics with applications in electronic packaging and biomechanics. Nasser Paydar has been principal and co-principal investigator of research grants from National Institutes of Health, Cummins Electronics, Carrier Electronics, Delco Electronics Corporations, Rockwell International, DePuy Inc., US Army, and U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center.