IU Southeast
Spring 2013 11
Southeast welcomed its first new
building in more than a decade when
the Library opened its doors in 2005.
Then, to much fanfare and community
pride, the University broke ground in
2007
for its first on-campus housing.
While the move to on-campus housing
had been a major goal for decades,
under Patterson-Randles’ leadership
the design, financing, and entire
project were approved. With the
addition of the residence halls, IU
Southeast became the first full-service
public institution in the southeast
sector of the state.
Meanwhile, other significant
upgrades including the renovation
of the University Center, improved
classrooms, new women’s softball
fields, new tennis courts, and
expanded parking all changed the face
of the campus.
The changes in the campus are
myriad,” said Fran Squires, president
of the Faculty Senate. “Physically we
have the new Library, the conference
center, the Lodges, the baseball field,
the softball field, and the parking
lots. Student-wise we had the greatest
growth of the decade — students were
able to live on campus and the housing
was a successful venture as illustrated
by the fact that they were almost
always filled to capacity. Her legacy is
that she left us so much better than
when she came to us.”
IU President Michael McRobbie also
believes that Patterson-Randles led
the campus through a significant
growth period.
Sandra has led essential work to
upgrade the facilities on the IU
Southeast campus, including the
construction of a new library and
the creation of the first on-campus
housing, and has overseen a consistent
improvement in the academic
offerings and profile of the campus,”
McRobbie said.
IU Southeast has seen a growth
in enrollment during Patterson-
Randles’ tenure – reaching its highest
enrollment yet in 2011 with 7,256
students. Additionally, a number of
academic programs at the campus have
been recognized for their excellence,
including the part-time M.B.A.
program, the nursing program and the
School of Arts and Letters.
Sandra leaves IU Southeast a stronger
campus than when she took the job,
and I am very appreciative of her
excellent work over the past 11 years,”
said John Applegate, IU’s executive
vice president for University Regional
Affairs, Planning, and Policy.
Patterson-Randles has put her vision
for the institution’s growth at the
forefront of her tenure.
I have had an opportunity to work
closely with the chancellor over the
last four years,” Wavle said. “When
confronted with a problem or a
decision, she would always try to do the
right thing for the institution. That’s
hard for a leader, because sometimes
the right thing may not always be
popular. Sandra was true to her values.
She dedicated her career and her life to
higher education.”
Perhaps most importantly, Patterson-
Randles has sent more IU Southeast
graduates into the workforce than any
previous chancellor. During her time at
the University, 11,706 IU degrees have
been awarded.
Our graduates are the true legacy of
IU Southeast,” Patterson-Randles said.
I am sincerely honored and humbled
to have led these outstanding students
for so many years. This campus has
meant a great deal to me, and I am
satisfied to be able to step down at the
height of its success.”
An interim chancellor will be appointed
while IU begins the search for IU
Southeast’s sixth chief executive.
Incoming IU Southeast students join Chancellor Sandra R. Patterson-Randles after Student Induction in 2010.