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Susan Sciame-Giesecke is the seventh Chancellor of Indiana University Kokomo, after contributing to many areas across the campus for 37 years. As chancellor, she is taking bold steps, working with sister regional campuses to advocate for the importance of higher education as a benefit to everyone, improving retention and graduation rates in those regions, and leading regional partnerships in education, business and economic growth, and research.

Chancellor Sciame-Giesecke has led successful initiatives to enhance degree programs, student success and graduation initiatives, athletics and other student life programs, and she has worked to deepen and broaden community and K-12 connections throughout the 14-county service region.

Under her leadership, with strong support from IU Kokomo’s faculty and staff, numerous new degree programs have been launched including a Bachelor of Applied Science program in conjunction with other IU regional campuses and a degree in hospitality and tourism.

Capital projects Chancellor Sciame-Giesecke has overseen include the current $14 million renovations of the Main Building, transforming it into a 21st-century learning space. She’s also led construction of a new advising center, a new outdoor courtyard, the Milt and Jean Cole Family Wellness and Fitness Center, and the Cougar Gym.

Chancellor Sciame-Giesecke also facilitated discussions for the development of a regional economic development organization, which include six counties in the campus service region. She led efforts to create a funding formula, organizational structure, and bylaws for the new organization.

Prior to her permanent appointment as chancellor, she served she served as the interim chancellor from 2012 to 2014 and the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs from 2010 to 2012. 

Chancellor Sciame-Giesecke began her academic career teaching speech communication courses. She holds a bachelor's degree from Ball State University, a master's degree from Illinois State University and a doctoral degree from Indiana University. In addition to her campus administrative roles, she also directed the Indiana University Enhancing Minority Attainment Conference and the Indiana University Faculty Leadership Institute, each for several years. An accomplished speaker, Chancellor Sciame-Giesecke has consulted with a variety of organizations to enhance communication and productivity.

Chancellor Sciame-Giesecke is committed to increasing student persistence and degree completion. She collaborated with leaders from two other IU regional campuses to win a three-year, $450,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation to increase the number of college graduates in Indiana. Grant funds will support Ivy Tech graduates as they earn their bachelor’s degrees at the regional campuses. Under her leadership, the campus has launched several programs designed to enhance student success, including a Jump Start program for first-generation college students, minority students, and 21st Century Scholars, a summer bridge program for at-risk students, international student travel programs, a coaching/mentoring program, a finish in four program, enhanced internship opportunities, and a financial literacy program.

Being a “Steward of Place ” is a key strategic priority for the campus. Advisory boards have been created in seven of the 12 communities in the campus service region. These board members help the campus learn about their community challenges and provide strategies for how the campus and community can partner to solve these problems. The campus has hosted visits from hundreds of school children, elementary through high school, introducing them to college, and encouraging them in a variety of careers.

Chancellor Sciame-Giesecke is married to her husband Dan. They have two daughters, Lindsey and Lauren.

Last updated: 08/17/2017