A group of community and business leaders planned to hold a news conference at 10 a.m. today at IPFW to support the university as it plans its transition and to outline their vision for it. Purdue University will assume sole control of the school and Indiana University will take over nursing, dental hygiene and lab techs as well as medical imaging.
Some of the points the group will outline include:
*Discussing with Lutheran’s and Parkview’s health networks ways to develop programs and research.*Finding significant new funding must be a top priority for both institutions, the legislature and the northeast Indiana business and philanthropic communities.
*Creating one local and independent foundation to attract local funding for IU-Fort Wayne, and Purdue University-Fort Wayne.
*Ensuring northeast Indiana has a representative on the Indiana and Purdue boards of trustees.
*Maintaining Division I athletics at Purdue University-Fort Wayne.
“We are committed to making these two world-class institutions,” Ron Turpin, one of the community leaders, said in a news release. “IU-Fort Wayne and Purdue University-Fort Wayne will continue to play a critical role in developing a skilled workforce and supporting Northeast Indiana’s target industries in the years to come.”
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See news-sentinel.com for more from the news conference later today.