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Lunch with the League: IU South Bend: Building a Brighter Future for Our Region

Published on 8/28/2023

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Friday, September 8, at 12pm

Our September speaker is Dr. Susan Elrod, Chancellor, Indiana University of South Bend.


IU South Bend is the only public university in the region, and serves an 8-county region in Indiana and several southwestern Michigan counties. As a comprehensive university, IU South Bend offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees that help residents in our region get the education they need to transform their lives and the lives of those around them. Over 80% of enrolled students are from the region, and 65% stay in the region when they graduate to make valuable contributions to our community. Besides offering educational programs, IU South Bend is engaged in the community, providing student volunteers, faculty expertise, as well as leading collaborative efforts that aim to advance the region socially and economically. This talk with provide an up-to-date overview of the university, its current priorities, and significant community engagement initiatives.


Speaker’s bio: Susan Elrod is the Chancellor at the University of Indiana South Bend. She is an experienced biology professor, university administrator, and national leader in STEM higher education and systemic change leadership. In addition to her current administrative position, she has served in leadership positions at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, California State University, Fresno and California State University, Chico. She also served as the executive director of Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) at the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) in Washington, DC. In this position, she launched multi-campus national initiatives focused on improving undergraduate STEM education and building national faculty networking and leadership programs. She is also a co-founder of CRUSE, the Coalition for Reform in Undergraduate STEM Education, which is a consortium of national associations focused on fostering national collaborations for student success in STEM.


She has over 20 publications on topics ranging from undergraduate research and to systemic change and leadership, as well as several scientific publications and patents, including the recent release of The Change Leadership Toolkit and co-authored book on Shared Leadership in Higher Education. She has consulted with campuses, national organizations, and state systems of higher education, and serves on the HERS Board of Directors and the editorial board of Change Magazine. She holds a Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of California, Davis and an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from California State University, Chico. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Novozymes, Inc. in Davis, California and was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in January 2020 for her work in STEM higher education.