Dr. Susan Sciame-Giesecke is the seventh Chancellor of Indiana University Kokomo. On July 1, 2021, Dr. Sciame-Giesecke also assumed the role of Interim Executive Vice President for University Academic Affairs.
Under her campus leadership, Indiana University Kokomo has seen record enrollment and graduation rates, and it has launched numerous new degree programs both at the undergraduate and graduate level. She has expanded the athletic program to include 12 sports teams and added a menu of student success programs.
Chancellor Sciame-Giesecke has overseen a $14 million renovation of IU Kokomo’s Main Building, extensive renovation of the library, the construction of a new advising center, a new outdoor courtyard, the Cole Family Fitness and Wellness Center, the “Ground Up” Coffee Shop and the Student Activities and Events Center that was completed in the fall of 2020. During a recent fund-raising campaign, she and her staff raised 14 million dollars for scholarships.
In her role as Executive Vice President, Dr. Sciame-Giesecke is responsible for Indiana University’s five regional campuses, and shares her passion for the students that they serve. She leads collaborative efforts with the campuses to maximize opportunities for student success, such as multi-campus degree programs. Additionally, she is responsible for university-wide academic initiatives and programs, external academic relations and online education.
She has served as the chair of the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance, the chair of the Family Services Association of Howard County and an executive board member for the Howard County Opioid Task Force, Security Federal Savings Bank, and the United Way serving Howard and Tipton Counties’ Early Childhood Education Initiative.
As chancellor, she has been a strong voice for the importance of higher education as a benefit to everyone. As Executive Vice-President, she continues to advocate for all Hoosiers to have access to post-secondary education.