Dennis M. Rome became the seventh chancellor of Indiana University East on July 1, 2023. This video
commemorates his formal installation in that role on Friday, November 3, 2023.
Chancellor Rome oversees all aspects of the academic and operational components of the campus, in
collaboration with university administration and other Indiana University regional campuses.
He comes to IU from Northeastern Illinois University, where he served as assistant to the president for community engagement and strategic partnerships, as provost, and as vice president for academic affairs.
A former Fulbright Scholar and Carnegie National Scholar, Chancellor Rome has received numerous
awards for his public service and leadership. Chancellor Rome is an esteemed author, having published three books and numerous book chapters and research articles on various aspects of sociology and criminal justice.
Before joining the Northeastern Illinois executive team, Chancellor Rome served as dean of the College of Leters and Sciences at Columbus State University in Georgia and as associate provost and associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin—Parkside.
From 1993 to 2000 and 2003 to 2004, he served on the faculty of IU Bloomington in the Departments of Criminal Justice and African American and African Diaspora Studies and received the prestigious Teaching Excellence Recognition Award three years in a row. He holds a B.S. degree from Bradley University, a master’s degree from Howard University, and a Ph.D. from Washington State University.