by Michael Auslen
Last spring, in an action that has drawn criticism from current and former student leaders, the IU Board of Trustees closed the office of University Chancellor Ken Gros Louis, a senior administrator whose primary role was working with student leaders.
Members of the board said the decision was made because Gros Louis’ initial five-year appointment as chancellor, a position he occupied without pay, was set to expire.
However, Gros Louis’ occupation of the University chancellor’s office would be reviewed and considered for renewal after five years, the letter of appointment signed by then-IU President Adam Herbert said in 2006.
“The president and the Board of Trustees will review the role of the University chancellor in five years,” the letter said. “Your assessment of the effectiveness of the position and your willingness to continue to serve will be critical elements in this review.”
No such review was conducted, Gros Louis said, and there was also no official record of the trustees conducting an evaluation or discussing the closure of the office.