IU, Purdue Presidents speak on IPFW realignment

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): The presidents of Purdue and Indiana Universities both sounded off on realignment plans that would split the IPFW campus Monday afternoon.

The News-Sentinel reports that during a joint question-and-answer session, both IU President Michael McRobbie and Purdue President Mitch Daniels spoke in favor of realignment, with Daniels saying it’s time for a “reset” in Fort Wayne.

IPFW has seen dwindling enrollment and budget shortfalls to the tune of $2.8-million.

IPFW Chancellor Vicky Carwein and Indiana Senator David Long were also in attendance, with Long calling IPFW the “red headed stepchild” of Purdue and IU, before saying lawmakers and the public should give both universities “cautious support.”

Long’s also calling for both schools to come up with a way to retain the IPFW name, even if it disappears as a school.

The Purdue Board of Trustees will make a final vote on the plan Friday.


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