Chancellor Emeritus Bepko Receives IUPUI Award and is Named to Rhodes Committee
Chancellor Emeritus Gerald L. Bepko was recognized with the Chancellor’s Medal at the IUPUI 40th Anniversary Breakfast on September 23. Other 40th Anniversary recipients of the Medal are Senator Richard Lugar, former state Senator and Lt. Governor John Mutz, former state Senator Larry Borst, former state Senator Dr. Ned Lamkin and City Council leader Rozelle Boyd. At the same event the University through Chancellor Charles Bantz presented the Chancellor Emeritus Bepko sculpted personal bust mounted on a pedestal which has now been placed in the IUPUI University Library.
Bepko was selected to serve as Chair of the Rhodes Scholars Selection Committee for the 2009 selections for Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. The selection sessions take place on November 20th and 21st.
Gerald L. Bepko joined the IU School of Law – Indianapolis faculty in 1972 and served as Dean of the law school from 1981 to 1986. After that he became Chancellor of IUPUI until 2002, also serving as IU vice president for long-range planning. In 2003, he served as Interim President of Indiana University. Since stepping down as Chancellor he has not only taught at the law school, he also served as Inaugural Director of the Randall L. Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence at IUPUI.
As Chancellor, Bepko led a movement to unify the various programs of IUPUI academically and geographically by bringing all schools to the West Michigan Street campus and presiding over the construction of more than 20 buildings. He also led efforts to establish IUPUI as a major urban campus that is classified among the best in its peer group and to establish IUPUI as an important component of central Indiana’s research corridor along with Purdue University West Lafayette and IU Bloomington. During his tenure as chancellor enrollment grew by nearly 25 percent and external support for faculty activities grew from $38 million in 1986 to more than $200 million in 2001-2002.