FORT WAYNE — Mike Eikenberry stepped down from his position as dean of the Richard T. Doermer School of Business at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly reported.
The longtime Fort Wayne banking executive and community leader replaced Otto Chang as dean on July 1, 2014. The university was on holiday break from Dec. 24 until Monday, and IPFW made no formal announcement that Eikenberry no longer was serving as dean.
IPFW spokesman John Kaufeld would only say Monday that he “left for personal reasons.”
Eikenberry’s resignation was effective Dec. 31. Joseph Khamalah, associate dean of the Doermer School, is now interim dean, and a national search for a new dean is underway, Kaufeld said.
Eikenberry was Indiana regional president of PNC Bank for 10 years until he retired in 2013. In 1966, he joined Fort Wayne National Bank. The bank was later acquired by National City Bank, which in turn was acquired by PNC Bank.
Eikenberry has been involved with a number of area business and community groups, including the Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana, the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and the boards of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana, Lutheran Hospital, Mad Anthonys Charity Classic for Children and the Salvation Army.
Chancellor Vicky Carwein told Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly in 2014 that the choice of Eikenberry — a business executive rather than an academic — was an effort by the university to cement its ties to the region’s business community. The business school’s MBA program, like many programs across the country, was seeing declining enrollment, and Carwein believed there was an opportunity to better connect the school with businesses in northeast Indiana.
“Mike’s significant leadership roles over many years in Fort Wayne and the region, his relationships, and the respect and stature of his work will serve IPFW exceedingly well as we re-envision the next generation of business students and prepare business leaders of the future,” Carwein said in the 2014 announcement of his appointment.