I have a great deal of respect and admiration for IPFW Chancellor Michael Wartell. One only needs to look at the growth and expansion of facilities on the IPFW campus to get an idea of how he has impacted IPFW during his 19-year tenure as Chancellor. But his impact has been far more than just the physical facilities. And Chancellor Wartell has impacted more than just IPFW. His dedication, service, and leadership have positively impacted Fort Wayne and the entire Tri-State region.
I still believe that the Purdue policy forcing an end to Mike Wartell's tenure as IPFW Chancellor is regrettable and ill-advised. Maybe it made some sense several decades ago but not in this day and age. He had asked the Purdue Board of Trustees for an exception that would grant him two more years so that he could lead IPFW through its 50th anniversary. I think he has more than earned that right but it is not to be.
With the approach of the end of his tenure as IPFW Chancellor effective June 30, 2012 we are still awaiting the announcement of who will become his successor. But for now I recommend that you read this story on Mike Wartell from fwdailynews.com. It is the best story that I have read about Chancellor Wartell because it covers not only the changes at IPFW but also gets the Chancellor to discuss some of his own thoughts about his accomplishments and some of his regrets during his time as IPFW Chancellor
IPFW's chief 'ambassadon'