Dr. Susan Sciame-Giesecke, Interim Chancellor at IU Kokomo
Prior to her appointment as Interim Chancellor, Susan served in many capacities in the administrative ranks at IU Kokomo. She previously served as the Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs, Dean of Arts and Sciences, and Chair of the Humanities Department.
During her tenure at Indiana University, Dr. Sciame-Giesecke led the Indiana University Faculty Leadership Institute from 1996-2002 and the Enhancing Minority Attainment Conference from 2000-2008. On the Kokomo campus, she created an interdisciplinary freshman learning community program which enhanced freshman fall-to-fall retention rates; facilitated the development of 15 new degree programs; initiated an on-line course delivery system; led the campus accreditation and strategic planning initiatives; and helped develop the Center for Teaching Excellence and a new advising system.
She received her doctorate from Indiana University with a major interest in Organizational Communication. Her husband Dan and her daughter Lauren are also graduates of Indiana University.
She continues to serve as a corporate consultant throughout the United States; called upon to resolve communication problems in a variety of organizations. Most recently she has been involved in facilitating local community partnerships to strengthen the local economy. She helped facilitate the development of the Greater Howard County Development Alliance, the Howard County Arts League, and is working on the development of a regional organization for the cities of Kokomo, Tipton, Peru, Marion, and Rochester.
She considers her most important role that of ateacher. She is the recipient of the IU Trustee Teaching Award and the FACET Teaching Award. She is also passionate about community service; she currently serves as the president of the Community Howard Hospital Foundation Board of Directors and the Vice President of the Family Services Board of Directors. She was awarded the Chamber of Commerce Athena Award for Outstanding Community Service, the IU Kokomo Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award, and the Martin Luther King Leadership Award. She is excited about the Giesecke Family Scholarship developed in support of IU Kokomo students.
Susan is married to Dan, owner of Giesecke RV Center. She has two daughters, Lindsey and Lauren. She is blessed to have both of her parents Lacy and Florence Sciame, 86 years old, active and living in Illinois. She has three sisters and a brother; her family is the center of her life.