IU Southeast
Fall 2013 7
New era begins at IU Southeast
Barbara Bichelmeyer
Bichelmeyer comes from the Indiana University
administration where she served all seven of IU’s campuses
as associate vice president
for university academic
policy and planning and was
director of IU’s Office of
Online Education. She also
holds a faculty appointment in
the IU School of Education’s
Department of Instructional
Systems Technology.
Bichelmeyer’s appointment
will be for one year, as the
University searches for a
permanent chancellor to
replace former Chancellor Sandra R. Patterson-Randles who
retired on June 30 after an 11-year tenure.
I am honored to serve as interim Chancellor of IU
Southeast,” Bichelmeyer said. “Over the past five years,
I have come to know and respect many faculty and
administrators at IU Southeast, and I am excited about
spending the next year living in New Albany.
I look forward to working more closely with my colleagues
at Southeast as we build on the successes of Chancellor
Patterson-Randles and strengthen partnerships between the
campus, the university and the community to create an even
brighter educational and economic future for the citizens of
Bichelmeyer joined IU Bloomington in 1996 as an assistant
professor in the School of Education. She became an
associate professor in 2002 and a full professor in 2009.
From 2007 to 2009, she served as associate dean of faculties
for IU Bloomington. In 2009, she accepted the role as
associate vice president. She was tapped in April 2011 to
lead a university-wide effort to elevate and align IU’s online
education offerings across all campuses.
A Kansas native, Bichelmeyer earned bachelor’s degrees
in journalism and English from the University of Kansas.
She also earned a master’s degree in educational policy
and administration and a doctorate in educational
communications and technology from the University of
Uric Dufrene
Dufrene has been a faculty
member in the School of
Business at IU Southeast
for 21 years. He began as an
assistant professor in 1992 and
served as dean of the School
of Business from 1998-2002
and 2003-2006. His teaching
expertise is in corporate
A solid foundation is in place,
and I look forward to working
with our community of
stakeholders in advancing the academic quality and mission
of IU Southeast,” Dufrene said. “The academic mission
of IU Southeast is critical to the economic development of
our community, and it is my vision to elevate that role in
the entire region.”
Jason Meriwether
Meriwether comes to IU
Southeast after most recently
serving as Vice President of
Student Engagement and
Enrollment Management at
Fisk University in Nashville,
Tenn. During his time at
Fisk, he also served as Dean
of Student Engagement,
Assistant Dean of Student
Affairs, and director of the
university’s Living Learning
Center. He has also held
positions in residence life at
Loyola Marymount University, Georgia Southern University,
and the University of Louisville.
Joining the IU Southeast community provides an amazing
opportunity to engage an incredible population of students as
they excel in academics, leadership, and service,” Meriwether
said. “I am both humbled and excited to serve the great state
of Indiana and to collaborate with faculty, students, and the
entire campus community to continue the tradition of success
at IU Southeast.”
Indiana University Southeast entered a new era this summer as it welcomed several new administrators to the campus.
Interim Chancellor Barbara A. Bichelmeyer, Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Uric Dufrene, and Vice
Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Jason Meriwether joined the staff on July 1.