The IU community mourns the passing of Chancellor Emeritus Ken Gros Louis
Kenneth R. R. Gros Louis, university chancellor emeritus and beloved member of the Indiana University community, passed away Friday, Oct. 20, at the age of 80.
Indiana University is deeply saddened by the passing of University Chancellor Emeritus Ken Gros Louis. He was, and will always remain, a true giant of IU and the IU Bloomington campus.
A memorial service is planned for Saturday, April 28, 2018.
Besides IU’s legendary Herman B Wells, Gros Louis is the only other individual to hold the distinguished title of university chancellor, and he had an extraordinary impact on the university that he proudly, ably and so enthusiastically served for more than a half-century. His efforts enabled the academic pursuits of countless IU students and faculty, whose work he eagerly and relentlessly championed as an administrator, colleague, mentor, friend, listener and ally.
IU President Michael A. McRobbie said: “Indiana University will be forever grateful for all of Ken’s efforts to strengthen the core missions of the university that have left such an indelible mark on thousands of IU students, faculty, alumni and friends around the country and all over the world. He was a remarkable man deeply dedicated to the university and the Bloomington campus.”
During Gros Louis’ 21 years as chief executive, which ended with his retirement in 2001, the campus set records in enrollment and external support, established scores of new endowments for faculty and students, and was recognized nationally for innovation in undergraduate education. He returned in January 2004 as senior vice president for academic affairs and Bloomington chancellor and was named university chancellor in 2006.