Bepko Receives Chancellorís Medal
Chancellor Emeritus Gerald L. Bepko was recognized with the Chancellorís Medal at the IUPUI 40th Anniversary Breakfast on September 23. At the same event 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. 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 former City-County Council President Rozelle Boyd. A former law school faculty member, Bepko served as Dean of the school from 1981 until he was appointed Chancellor in 1986. He was Chancellor of IUPUI and IU Vice President for Long Range Planning until 2002. In 2003, he served as Interim President of Indiana University.
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. 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 2001-02.