Vice President, Strategy and Innovation, Butler University
Melissa Beckwith became the University’s first Vice President for Strategy and Innovation in 2017 after successfully serving as the Interim Vice President for Marketing, Communications, and Strategic Innovation. Beckwith came to the Marketing and Communications Department from the Butler Business Consulting Group (BBCG), where she started as Manager and Practice Lead. At the BBCG, she worked with a diverse group of industries, from manufacturing and distribution to higher education. She also has served as Senior Director of Strategy and Innovation in Information Technology at Butler. Before returning to her alma mater, she served as the Director of Business Development and Client Services at MarketVision Communications Inc., and Associate Director of Marketing Communications for Valparaiso University. Beckwith earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Butler and an MBA from Valparaiso in 2005.
Chief of Staff, Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis
Christine Fitzpatrick is chief of staff in the Office of the Chancellor at IUPUI. She has more than 30 years' experience in higher education as a leader, planner, administrator, teacher, and scholar. As chief of staff, Fitzpatrick leads projects and collaborates with university colleagues and community members to develop and advance IUPUI's strategic priorities, including the Welcoming Campus Initiative and IUPUI 50th Anniversary celebration. She manages a wide range of matters of institutional importance, including oversight responsibilities for intercollegiate athletics and alumni relations. Fitzpatrick's prior administrative roles include chief of staff in academic affairs, special assistant for strategy and planning, communications officer for information technology, assistant dean, and program director. Her teaching areas have included technical communication, new media, instructional media and technology, and organizational leadership. She has bachelor's and master's degrees in English from Ball State University and a doctorate in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University.
Gregory H. Graham
Director of Facilities Planning, Ball State University
In 1985 Greg joined Facilities Planning & Management staff at Ball State University. In 2010 Greg was named the Director of Facilities Planning (University Architect). Greg oversees a staff that includes Architects, Interior Designers, Draftspersons and the Sign Shop. Facilities’ Planning provides architectural and design services to the University and manages the design with outside design consultants. Greg graduated with a degree in Architecture from Ball State University in 1978 and is a licensed architect. He practiced architecture with the firm of Graham Love & Taylor Architects (later Graham Love and Graham) from 1978 until 1985.
Senior Advisor to the Chancellor, Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis
Stephen Hundley, Ph.D., is Senior Advisor to the Chancellor for Planning and Institutional Improvement at IUPUI, where he is also a Professor of Organizational Leadership. Stephen provides strategic advice and consultation to the Chancellor on a range of matters pertaining to IUPUI's strategy; leads the Office of Planning and Institutional Improvement; directs campus-level strategic planning activities; handles the executive search and leadership onboarding function for the campus; and promotes various improvement-oriented initiatives at IUPUI. Stephen earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University and a doctorate from American University in Washington, D.C.
Nasser H. Paydar
Chancellor, Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis
Nasser H. Paydar began his appointment as fifth chancellor of IUPUI and executive vice president of Indiana University in August 2015, with his formal installation taking place on November 17, 2015. An IU faculty member for more than 30 years, he has held various administrative and executive leadership positions at the university.
Paydar first joined IUPUI in 1985 as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering in the School of Engineering and Technology. From 1989 to 2003, he held a number of positions in the school, including chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, associate dean for graduate programs, associate dean for academic programs, and executive associate dean. In 2004 he became vice chancellor and dean of Indiana University–Purdue University Columbus, a position he held for three years.
Paydar was appointed chancellor of IU East in 2007, serving in that role until he returned to IUPUI in 2012 as executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer. As a result of the strategic planning process he led at IU East, enrollment increased by 87 percent, the first-year retention rate improved markedly, and graduation rates increased substantially. He also worked with community stakeholders and the campus community to enhance university facilities, revitalize the campus’s image and fundraising, and improve faculty and staff morale and campus pride.
Paydar earned bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from Syracuse University in 1979, 1981, and 1985, respectively. As an IUPUI faculty member, he has served as principal and co-principal investigator on research grants from federal and state agencies and private companies, including Cummins Electronics, DePuy, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Army, and the U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center. His research in the area of solid mechanics, with applications in biomechanics and electronic packaging, has been published widely in scientific journals.
Paydar’s wife, Niloo Paydar, is the curator of textiles and fashion arts at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. They have two sons and one dog, a Yellow Labrador named Meeko.
Adam D. Thies
Assistant Vice President, Capital Planning and Facilities, Indiana University-Bloomington
Adam D. Thies, AICP, was appointed assistant vice president for capital planning at Indiana University in August 2015. In this role, Thies advises the vice president for Capital Planning and Facilities on matters of university master planning for all IU campuses, including Indiana University Bloomington, IUPUI, and all of IU’s regional campus locations. Additionally, Thies oversees efforts to utilize university building space in ways consistent with the mission and objectives of the university.
Prior to coming to Indiana University, Thies was director of the Department of Metropolitan Development (DMD) for the city of Indianapolis, where he managed a professional staff of 75 city planners, redevelopment officials, transportation planners, and design review/zoning professionals with an annual department budget of $32.3 million. In this role, he served as the executive leader of the city’s Community Development division, Planning and Zoning division, Historic Preservation division, Redevelopment Authority and Brownfields Program. Additionally, he served as the administrative leader of the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), authorized all tax abatement compliance, directed the city’s New Markets Tax Credit Program, and served as a cabinet member to the mayor on economic development projects and strategy.
Before working for the city of Indianapolis, Thies was the founder and president of EDEN Collaborative, a boutique real estate, landscape architecture, and city planning consulting firm. While at EDEN, he created the city of Indianapolis and central Indiana’s first transit-oriented development strategic plan to leverage an anticipated $1.2 billion investment in transit in the next 20 years through the Indy Connect transportation initiative. Additionally, he led and managed many of Indiana’s premier planning and design projects, including planning for the 2012 Super Bowl Legacy Neighborhood Project, the redesign of Indianapolis’ Monument Circle, and the creation of a plan for midtown Indianapolis. He was named one of 40 under 40 by the Indianapolis Business Journal in 2009, has been named Ball State University’s Graduate of the Last Decade, and was named Ball State’s College of Architecture and Planning’s Outstanding Alumni in 2013.
Robert D. Wynkoop
Managing Director, Office of the Treasurer, Purdue University-Main Campus
Robert D. Wynkoop currently works at Purdue University as Managing Director in the Office of the Treasurer. He has overall responsibility for Procurement and Service Enterprises, two main divisions under the Treasurer's purview. In this role, he manages all day to day operations for Parking Services, Transportation Services, Materials Management and Distribution, Printing Services and the Purdue University Airport. He has also lead several innovative initiatives at Purdue to maximize student affordability on the West Lafayette campus. This includes Purdue's strategic partnership with Amazon.
Previously, Wynkoop worked at the Indiana Department of Administration (IDOA), where he served as commissioner from 2010 to 2013. In this position, he ran a key state agency responsible for extracting cost savings and creating efficiencies throughout state government.</p>
Wynkoop received his bachelor's degree in business administration from Taylor University and his master's degree in information and communication sciences from Ball State University.