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New IU Bloomington provost named

Rahul Shrivastav. Rahul Shrivastav.Indiana University’s Bloomington campus will welcome a new leader Feb. 15, as alumnus Rahul Shrivastav assumes the role of executive vice president and provost, pending the approval of the IU Board of Trustees.

The provost serves as the chief academic officer for the IU Bloomington campus community of more than 45,000 students, 2,400 faculty and 5,700 staff. The provost provides academic leadership and support for faculty and student initiatives that enhance education, research and creative activity. The provost role was previously held by Lauren Robel, who stepped down in June, with John Applegate serving in an interim capacity during the national search.

“Rahul brings a wealth of related expertise, including extensive experience in student services, instruction and research, as well as community service and outreach,” IU President Pamela Whitten said. “Rahul’s experience, abilities and energy will prove critical in providing the vision and momentum for a successful and welcoming campus.”

In addition to his executive leadership role, Shrivastav will also have a faculty appointment in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Shrivastav currently serves as vice president for instruction at the University of Georgia. In that role, he oversees enrollment management, student success initiatives, academic affairs and instructional infrastructure, as well as student and faculty support services.

Two other leadership announcements were made this week:

  •  IU has appointed its first executive vice president for finance and administration: Dwayne Pinkney will take on the leadership role in March. The role was reimagined by IU President Pamela Whitten following the retirement earlier this year of John Sejdinaj, who was vice president and chief financial officer.
  • After serving for nearly one year in an interim capacity, J Thomas Forbes was named permanent president and CEO of the IU Foundation by President Whitten. The appointment followed a vote of the IU Foundation board’s executive committee and Whitten’s consultation with other board committee chairs.