Following a months-long search, the University of Indianapolis has named Dr. Tanuja Singh its 10th president, making her the first woman of color to assume the role. The vote was unanimous.
Singh will assume her new role July 1.
“I am so excited to join UIndy at a time when we are positioned for tremendous growth. Just as Indianapolis is moving forward, so too is the University of Indianapolis moving forward with it,” Singh said in a prepared news release. “Helping our students discover their potential and supporting them in their endeavors is one of our most important goals.”
Singh currently serves as the provost and senior vice president of Academic Affairs at Loyola University New Orleans, and previously served as the dean of the business school at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX. She has held various roles, including department chair and professor of marketing at Northern Illinois University.
She holds a doctorate in business administration from Southern Illinois University, an MBA from Millsaps College and another Master’s degree in physics from the University of Allahabad in India.
“My charge is to make sure that we achieve (our student goals) by increasing opportunities for them through collaborative participation, both within our campus community, but just as importantly, in how we engage with the city and beyond,” Singh said.
“Our highly engaged faculty, staff and students will be our greatest asset moving forward. I am really looking forward to working closely with our alumni and other supporters to engage them fully with our vision and plans.”
At various institutions, Singh has led the development of new programs, including the development of new undergraduate majors and minors, and in new post-graduate programs.
“A hallmark of Dr. Singh’s career is aligning talent and priority. She has been forward-looking in ensuring that her institutions are meeting the expectations of today’s learners and employers,” said University of Indianapolis Board of Trustees Chair David Resnick in a news release. “As higher education is rapidly changing, and with it the demands of our students and community partners, this makes her the right leader at the right time for UIndy, and we are so excited to welcome her to Indianapolis.”
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