February 28, 2022
After more than 36 years, the last words I have to share with this campus that I love are thank you. I came to IUPUI and Indiana University in 1985 right out of Syracuse University with my doctorate in mechanical engineering, and I haven’t left this great institution because of the people. You have helped ensure that every day I love what I do.
Of course, we’ve faced challenges along the way—in more than three decades on three campuses, there are bound to be challenges—but we have weathered them together. That includes the COVID-19 pandemic, which has pushed us to the limit but has also brought out the very best in this campus as we have taken care of each other and maintained our focus on our education and research mission over the course of nearly two years. I have said before that brighter days are ahead. Of that, I remain certain.
As I look to the future, I am also certain that IUPUI is in good hands, with the appointment of Andy Klein, former dean of the McKinney School of Law, as interim chancellor and a leadership team that is the best I’ve worked with in my career. With their vision and experience, I anticipate that the campus will continue to progress through this period of transition and come out the other side stronger than ever.
So thank you, my friends, for all that you have given and for all that you have achieved. You are the heart and soul of IUPUI, and your accomplishments lay the foundation upon which the future can continue to build.
Nasser H. Paydar