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Former Kelley Associate Dean, Respected Operations Professor to Retire

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December 14, 2010

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A longtime IU Kelley School of Business instructor and former chief of staff to the Chancellor at IUPUI will retire this month after 23 years with the school.

Roger Schmenner will retire with a track record of success and impact throughout the Kelley School and the Indianapolis campus, where he taught operations and management since 1987.

As a former associate dean of the Indianapolis campus (1998-2007), Schmenner was at the helm during a period of great transformation for the downtown location, especially for the Evening MBA program now ranked among the best part-time programs in the country.

At a recent celebration marking his retirement, friends and colleagues took the opportunity to laugh and reminisce with Schmenner about his role in helping Kelley Indianapolis and IUPUI expand in both reputation and quality.

“Roger had the gift to drive rapidly ahead without leaving a lot of broken glass behind,” said IUPUI Chancellor Charles Bantz, who handpicked Schmenner as his first-ever chief of staff in 2007. “I want to thank him for his contributions year after year and for touching the lives of his students and all his colleagues here on this campus.”

Schmenner began teaching at Kelley Indianapolis in 1987 as part of the growing operations and management faculty. He went on to serve as director of the Center for International Business Education and Research, department chair and associate dean before moving on to become Bantz’s chief of staff.

Several Kelley programs flourished during that time with his help, including the Kelley Direct online MBA program, the Career Planning Office, an Honors Undergraduate Program and a well-respected Master’s of Science in Accounting program.

Kelley Dean Dan Smith said Schmenner “fundamentally changed my thinking about the world we live in” and pushed for more international scope to the Kelley education.

“The Kelley school, on both campuses, would be a far, far lesser place without your contributions,” Smith said.

IUPUI Director of Athletics Mike Moore, who worked closely with Schmenner as he oversaw the athletics program, praised him for helping to greatly advance IUPUI Athletics while chief of staff.

During his brief remarks, Schmenner gave all credit to the many colleagues he worked with during his tenure.

“A lot has changed about this place during the last 23 years, but one constant has always been the people,” he said.

The success of Kelley Indianapolis and IUPUI can be attributed to “people simply doing their jobs well with a lot of creativity and a can-do attitude,” he added.

Schmenner and his wife, Barbie, will relocate to London where he will begin an 18-month visiting professorship at the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge. He also has two book projects underway.

A Web site has been created for students and colleagues of Schmenner to leave well wishes. It can be accessed at http://www.kelley.iupui.edu/faculty/schmenner.cfm .