Watch: New IU president Pamela Whitten shows support of athletics while touring facilities, meeting staff

New Indiana University president Pamela Whitten took office on July 1, and it didn’t take her long to make her first tour of the athletics facilities on the north end of campus.

IU released several photos and videos of Whitten with IU AD Scott Dolson, basketball coach Mike Woodson, football coach Tom Allen, women’s basketball coach Teri Moren, along with several athletes.

She is the first woman to ever be named president of IU. Prior to being named president at Kennesaw State in 2018, she was the senior vice president for academic affairs and provost for the University of Georgia. She also worked in the medical departments of Kansas and Michigan State She has Ph.D. in communication studies from Kansas, a master’s degree in communication from Kentucky and a bachelor’s degree in management from Tulane.

Worth noting as a matter of importance to IU athletics, she is also a sports fan and has been a passionate supporter of the sports programs at each of her stops in academia. Exactly what this means for Indiana athletics is impossible to say at this point, but generally athletic departments tend to find it easier to get resources from presidents who care about athletics versus those who are indifferent or opposed.

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