About the Chancellor
Ronald L. Elsenbaumer
Ronald L. Elsenbaumer serves as the inaugural chancellor of Purdue University Fort Wayne. As an accomplished educator and researcher, Chancellor Elsenbaumer has more than 38 years of wide-ranging leadership experience, spanning both academia and the private sector. He previously served in senior leadership positions at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), including provost and vice president for academic affairs, vice president for research and federal relations, and senior advisor to the president for entrepreneurship and economic development.
Chancellor Elsenbaumer played a significant role in strengthening UTA’s academic and research profile. Under his leadership, the university’s overall enrollment, student success, and research expenditures increased dramatically. Moreover, he helped secure more than $18 million in gifts and donations to enhance academic programs, created endowed faculty positions, and elevated the university’s Carnegie Classification from R2 to R1.
Prior to joining UTA, Chancellor Elsenbaumer held positions in corporate research and management at Allied-Signal, Inc., a multinational corporation with headquarters in Morristown, New Jersey. While there, he developed important laboratory discoveries into commercial products and effectively bridged multiple teams to develop and launch numerous successful products.
Chancellor Elsenbaumer earned a B.S. in chemistry from Purdue University and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. He has authored or coauthored more than 110 publications and holds more than 35 US patents. During his time at UT Arlington, he successfully graduated master’s and doctoral students, mentored undergraduate and high school students, and published extensively in peer-reviewed journals. He has also lectured at numerous conferences and universities around the world, is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Beta Kappa, and was inducted into the National Academy of Inventors in 2013.