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Campus visionary is the force behind naming of IUPUI academic building

Dr. Maynard K. Hine
Dr. Maynard K. Hine

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December 13, 2012

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INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana University Board of Trustees has approved the request to name the conference center portion of the former University Place Conference Center and Hotel after Dr. Maynard K. Hine, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis’ first chancellor and a true campus visionary. The academic building will be named Hine Hall.

In 1944, Hine joined the IU School of Dentistry as professor and chairman of the Department of Oral Histopathology and Periodontics. The next year, he was appointed dean of the school and served until 1968. During his tenure as dean, he recruited outstanding faculty, and the school excelled in such academic and research programs as clinical dentistry and materials science. In 1968, he began working with Mayor Richard Lugar, IU President Joseph L. Sutton, Purdue President Frederick L. Hovde and other forward-thinking community leaders to establish IUPUI in 1969. That year, Hine was appointed chancellor of the campus, a position he served until 1973.

“During those four pivotal years he served as chancellor, Dr. Hine not only led an unprecedented, cumbersome merger between Indiana and Purdue universities, but he also created a solid foundation for continued growth of a new urban institution in the heart of Indianapolis,” said Nasser Paydar, IUPUI’s executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer.

Hine was a recognized national leader in the field of dentistry, having served as president of the American Dental Association, American Fund for Dental Health, International Association for Dental Research, American Association of Endodontists, American Association of Dental Schools, American Association of Dental Editors, American Academy of Periodontology, Federation Dentaire Internationale and American Academy of the History of Dentistry. He had been a vice president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a chair of its dental section. Hine was a founder diplomat of the American Board of Endodontics and a diplomat of the American Board of Periodontology.

“Dr. Hine’s legacy of leadership has had a significant effect on the development of our campus, and in many respects, defined IUPUI as we know it today,” Paydar said.

On April 27, IUPUI leadership announced that University Place Conference Center and Hotel would be transformed into a multi-use facility designed to meet critical campus needs as expressed by faculty, staff, students and administrators: student housing, residential and campus dining and additional classroom space. The conversion of the facility began Nov. 30.

Hine Hall, at 850 W. Michigan St., will open Jan. 7, the start of the 2013 spring semester, and offer 30,000 square feet that will include 15 classrooms, academic office space and the existing auditorium.

The former hotel side of the facility, which is currently referred to as The Tower, will offer residential space for 560 students and IUPUI’s first dining hall, which will seat 470. Occupancy is expected in fall 2013.