Latha Ramchand, currently serving as the executive vice chancellor and provost at the University of Missouri, will take the role of chancellor at Indiana University Indianapolis on Feb. 12. Ramchand is set to guide IUPUI through the transition to IU Indianapolis in July 2024.
Prior to her appointment at IU, Ramchand served as executive vice chancellor, provost, and the chief academic officer at the University of Missouri, overseeing academic programs for 31,000 students. Ramchand previously held leadership positions at the University of Houston, where she contributed to enrollment expansion and high program rankings.
Ramchand’s most recent student-focused initiative was improving student advising during the 2021-2022 school year by adding 16 more advisors and increasing compensation for advisors during the height of the pandemic.
Ramchand has served as dean of the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston, where she worked to expand enrollment and improve program rankings by growing connections between the business school and the business community. Ramchand received her doctoral degree in finance from Northwestern University and both her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in economics from the University of Mumbai.
Ramchand will be replacing Carol Anne Murdoch-Kinch, who was named Interim Chancellor on May 25, 2023. Murdoch-Kinch replaced Interim Chancellor Andrew Klein, who left to become dean of the Wake Forest Lawn School. Murdoch-Kinch and Klein served temporarily following the retirement of IUPUI’s fifth chancellor Nassar Paydar on March 1, 2022.
Ramchand’s priorities include increasing enrollment and investing more in graduate research. She emphasizes that graduate students are an investment into university-level research and should not be recruited for specific roles outside of research, such as teaching classes.
As IUI looks to establish itself as the premier urban research university, Ramchand looks like someone who will build off of the strengths IUI already possesses.
IU's investment of over $250 million in biosciences, including the establishment of the Convergent Bioscience and Technology Institute and the Institute for Human Health and Wellbeing, reflects the university's commitment to shaping the future of central Indiana. The campus will also double enrollment in its Luddy School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering, contribute to the semiconductor sector, and invest in STEM faculty and research facilities. These initiatives are part of IU's efforts to become the leading urban research university.