[Photo] IU Seal design imbedded in the floor in the entrance to the IU Southeast Library.
Dr. Sandra R. Patterson-Randles, who began her duties as Chancellor on July 1, 2002, is now in her 10th year at IU Southeast. A native of Chicago, Illinois, she is the oldest of seven children and the only member of her immediate family to attend and graduate from college. She earned a bachelor’s degree in classical languages and literatures from the University of Colorado at Boulder and two master’s degrees in English and in classical languages and literatures, as well as a doctorate in English, from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Patterson-Randles has taught from the high school to graduate level in higher education and has held teaching or administrative positions in six states at eight different institutions. Her published research covers such topics as comparative literature, diversity, general education, assessment, administration, online advising, and medical terminology from Latin and Greek.
Before coming to IU Southeast, Chancellor Patterson-Randles served for four years as vice president for academic affairs at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, where she:
Prior to serving at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Dr. Patterson-Randles spent 10 years at Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado, where she was chair of the Department of Modern Languages. While there, Dr. Patterson-Randles:
Dr. Patterson-Randles serves as the campus’s chief executive officer, with overall responsibility for policy, planning, faculty and staff administration, budgeting, development, and general administration. She also supervises the campus’s annual budget of $68+ million.
Under her leadership, IU Southeast developed and implemented its first comprehensive, long-range strategic plan with extensive campus and community input. The 95% success rate of initiatives in this plan has served as the foundation for major campus improvements. The Chancellor spearheaded the creation of an integrated enrollment management system and has promoted increased diversity on campus. In addition, IU Southeast has enhanced its educational offerings through a major revision of the general education curriculum, the implementation of the Honors Program, popular new degrees such as Informatics and Criminal Justice, and multiple academic initiatives under its special Commitment to Excellence funding. Chancellor Patterson-Randles also led efforts for dramatic facilities improvements for the University: the renovation of University Center with new dining and conference center space, the completion of the campus’s award-winning $15M state-of-the-art library, classroom upgrades in Crestview and Hillside halls, a new observatory, new shelter houses, the Jeffersonville Graduate Center, and the development of the campus’s highly successful, first-ever residence halls. During the last decade, achievements such as these laid the groundwork for an exceptional 10-year reaccreditation review by the North Central Association of the Higher Learning Commission.
Dr. Patterson-Randles is an avid horsewoman and enjoys antiquing, history, art, music, dance, and nature. She and her husband, Jeff Randles, reside on a small horse farm in southern Indiana where they enjoy their horses and the wildlife from the Clark State Forest.