Third chancellor candidate visits IUSB
Students should have a firm grounding in international issues, including opportunities to study or travel abroad, Chrite said. "Part of our obligation is to encourage students to step outside their comfort zone," he said.
"I believe institutions that innovate are rewarded by growing enrollment and growing revenue, which is then reinvested in the enterprise," Chrite said.
His comments came Monday night at a meet-and-greet session on campus for the public that drew 11 participants.
Chrite since 2009 has been dean of the School of Business at Montclair State University, in Montclair, N.J., where he is also a professor of management and international business. From 2003 to 2009, he served as associate dean and a faculty fellow at the University of Arizona's Eller College of Management. Prior to that, he served as an assistant dean at the University of Michigan's business school.
At Montclair State, 63 percent of students who enroll earn a bachelor's degree within six years, Chrite said.
Among students who enroll at IUSB, about 27 percent earn a bachelor's degree within six years. "That's seriously problematic," Chrite said. "We can do better than that."
Chrite said he recognizes the importance of private fundraising as public institutions are getting less funding from their states.
He said he's made fundraising a priority at Montclair State. "I simply had to bring in more money to the school even though there hadn't been a history of fundraising," he said.
Chrite said he sees his current job as a business school dean as similar to the role of a chancellor at a regional university. "I've been engaged with business people and community leaders throughout my career. I'm very comfortable with it," he said.
Chrite grew up in Detroit and graduated from the Detroit Public Schools. He earned a bachelor's degree in community health services at Michigan State University, a master's degree in health care administration at the University of Missouri and a doctoral degree at the University of Michigan.
Although many area residents have attended and earned degrees at IUSB, some people feel the campus doesn't get as much notice locally as a university of its size merits.
"The entire community has gone here. It's kind of like a secret," said Caitlin Worm, of South Bend, a 2010 IUSB graduate who later earned a master's degree in public policy at the University of Chicago. She told Chrite that IUSB's chancellor must be willing to address the "anti-intellectualism" in the Indiana General Assembly and be a strong advocate for the regional campus.
Chrite is the third of four finalists for the job to visit campus.
The fourth finalist -- Barbara C. Jones, a vice president at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio -- will visit Thursday and meet with the public at 5:30 p.m. that day in The Grill.
For more information about the finalists, see:
Follow me @mfosmoe
Staff writer Margaret Fosmoe: