University to name new 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 April 1 in the Wells-Metz Theatre. Goldsmith currently works as the vice president for enrollment and student affairs at Kent State University. Buy Photos

There will be a University announcement Thursday to confirm Goldsmith’s selection.
Goldsmith, the vice president for enrollment management and student affairs at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, since 2003, visited IU on April 1.

Goldsmith received his bachelor’s degree from IU in 1968 and also completed his doctorate in education at IU in 1975. He earned his master’s degree in education from American University in Washington, D.C.

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. He said one of his most memorable  experiences 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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