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Goldsmith to be next dean of students


IU alumnus, and one of four candidates for the position as the new IU Dean of Students, Pete Goldsmith addresses questions from the audience Wednesday afternoon in the Wells-Metz Theatre. Goldsmith currently works as the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Affairs at Kent State University. Ted Somerville Buy Photos

There will be a University announcement Thursday to confirm Goldsmith’s selection.

Goldsmith, the current vice president for enrollment management and student affairs at Kent State University, visited IU on April 1.

Goldsmith received his undergraduate degree from IU in 1968 and also completed his doctorate in education at IU in 1975.

He said being a former student attracted him to the position.

“It makes the job very exciting to think about,” Goldsmith told the Indiana Daily Student in April.

He said he has many memories of his time as an undergraduate, including attending Little 500. However, one of the most memorable was the start of his freshman year.

“I flew into campus, because I was coming from Maryland, and my luggage didn’t arrive,” Goldsmith said. “For the first days of orientation, I just had the clothes off my back. That was my introduction to IU.”

At Kent State, Goldsmith oversees 14 units, such as the dean of students and the admissions and financial aid offices. Goldsmith has worked in student affairs at six universities since the 1970s. He said he has committed his career to the field because he likes to contribute to the “student experience.”

“I really like working with students,” Goldsmith said. “I really like helping students be successful.”

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