New ISU President Talks Leadership Style


Dr. Deborah Curtis is looking forward to her return to Indiana State University. Curtis earned her PhD from ISU. When she comes back to campus,she’ll be the university 12th president, and the first woman to hold the position.

Dr. Curtis spoke to WTWO via phone Thursday afternoon. She’s still a part of the administration at the University of Central Missouri, but is already thinking about her agenda as ISU president.

“I was able to review the strategic planning that has taken place and some of the wonderful accomplishments of President Bradley’s career there, and that showed me that Indiana State is really done all the things they needed to do to remain in a viable spot both in the region and in the country,” said Curtis.

Current president, Dr. Dan Bradley is retiring and has a good idea of the challenges ahead for Curtis. “So she’s going to have to work on controlling costs. But also the future of the university requires that enrollment to grow, and so she’s going to have to continue to work at attracting students,” said Bradley.

No matter the issue, Curtis says she has found a leadership style that works. “I really believe in a team environment, so I’m an engaging person in my leadership style.  I really firmly believe that the best decisions I’ve been a part of in my career are those that have come together collaboratively to develop,” said Curtis.

The ISU Board of Trustees will meet next week to vote and confirm Curtis’ selection. She will begin work in early January.

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