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Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar

Nasser Paydar is IUPUI's fifth chancellor and executive vice president for Indiana University and has been an IU faculty member for more than 33 years. He has held various administrative and executive leadership positions since he joined IUPUI in 1985 as an assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering in the School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI. 

From 1989 to 2003, he served in a number of leadership roles within the school, including chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, associate dean for Graduate Programs, associate dean for Academic Programs, and executive associate dean. In 2004, Chancellor Paydar became responsible for the Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC) Center as vice chancellor and dean. In 2007, he was appointed as the chancellor of Indiana University East. In 2012, he returned to IUPUI as executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer and served in this role until his appointment as chancellor in 2015.

Chancellor Paydar is a graduate of Syracuse University with a Ph.D. from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Niloo Paydar Bio 

Niloo Imami Paydar is curator of textile and fashion arts at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA), where she has worked since 1986. She received her BFA and MFA in textiles from Syracuse University and conducted post-graduate work in the museum studies program there.

During her tenure at the IMA, she has organized 30 exhibitions and has authored catalogues and books on the museum’s collection. In 1993 and 1995 she was awarded two NEA grants to research and document the IMA’s collections of Chinese, Japanese, Indian and Southeast Asian textiles and costumes.

Some of her exhibitions have traveled nationally and internationally. In 2003, The Fabric of Moroccan Life traveled to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C., and a portion of it later traveled to Antwerp, Belgium in 2006.

Niloo Paydar is a member of national and international professional associations related to textiles and costumes and has served on advisory boards of national organizations. She has received several awards in her field, including The Premier Print Award, for the book The Fabric of Moroccan Life, Best of Category, 2002, and The Joseph V. McMullan Award for Stewardship and Scholarship in Islamic Rugs and Textiles in 2002.


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