Biden to appoint former IUPUI chancellor Paydar for education department job


Nasser Paydar

Nasser Paydar, who spent seven years as chancellor of IUPUI before retiring on March 1, is expected to be appointed by President Joe Biden as assistant secretary for post-secondary education in the Department of Education, announced the White House last week.

Paydar would work under US Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona.

“I couldn’t be happier with President Biden’s decision to appoint Dr. Nasser Paydar as Assistant Secretary for Post-Secondary Education,” Cardona said in a written statement Friday. “Throughout his more than 35 years of experience as a leader in higher education, Dr. Paydar has championed equitable and affordable access to post-secondary education. He also placed a strong emphasis on diversifying the higher education workforce.

Paydar, 65, has spent more than 30 years in administrative roles for Indiana University, including leadership positions at IUPUI, Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus and IU East.

He joined IUPUI in 1985 as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the School of Engineering and Technology.

Under Paydar’s leadership, IUPUI expanded its footprint into downtown Indianapolis and grew to include more than 550 undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs from IU and the University. Purdue University.

During his tenure, the campus saw an increase in on-campus housing and residential programs, as well as better student life opportunities.

“I am confident that Dr Paydar will advance our efforts at the Department of Education and throughout the Biden-Harris administration to provide students of all ages, backgrounds and abilities with more inclusive post-secondary learning opportunities. and affordable, whether university degrees. or career and technical programs,” Cardona said. “I have no doubt that Dr Paydar will be an asset to the department and I look forward to his early confirmation so that he can join us in this critical work.”


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