— Indiana University
Our Loss. . .
"Working with Matt Auer has been an absolute joy.
From his visionary leadership of the Hutton Honors College to his
outstanding service to the campus in roles like the chair of the Kelley
School of Business Dean search, he has approached each task with great
integrity and intelligence, sound judgment, and good cheer. He has left
an important legacy throughout campus, and I look forward to seeing how
his talented leadership impacts Bates College."
"Matt came as Dean into the Hutton Honors College during a
time of challenging and multiple transitions: new building, new
campus strategies on recruiting the best and brightest students to IU, a
new campus leadership. He has done a terrific job over the past 5 years
in building on the strengths of the past and moving Honors education
forward. We all owe thanks to Matt for deftly and gracefully managing
those transitions and making forward progress on providing challenging
learning opportunities for IU's best students - and for our professors as
well, who cherish the chance to teach small classes of bright students!
Personally, I will miss working with Matt, who always was generous, kind
and very smart. His highest priorities - to listen, to learn, and to
implement - have made the Hutton Honors College a better place and IU a
richer campus for smart, creative and engaged students."
"Matt Auer is a tireless advocate for
high-achieving students and builds strong ties
between students and alumni. Matt is a consummate
connector and we will miss Anne and him very much."
"I have nothing but the highest respect for Dean Auer. He worked incredibly hard on behalf of HHC, and always brought a great energy and sense of humor to our conversations.
faculty and students at Bates College will be lucky to have him, and we will miss him professionally and personally."
"Matt Auer has been an exemplary administrator, and working with him has been both a privilege and a pleasure. I have always found him open to new and
and supportive of my work with HHC students. He's a smart, balanced, fair-minded, and judicious person-just the kind of person we want to keep at IU. While I wish him well at Bates,
his departure is a loss for us in Bloomington, for sure. I hope we'll be able to find a way to lure him back one day!"
"What an amazing guy! Matt Auer has the capacity to
get more done in an hour than the rest of us combined can get done in a
day, or a week! And he does all with pizzazz and energy to spare. He
sets high standards, encourages students to go beyond what they imagine
is their very best, works hard to gather the resources that will make
their great ideas possible, and guides them to success. It matters
immensely to him that honors students be honorable citizens of the
university and the larger world. An outstanding speaker himself-he can
make complicated topics crisply clear-he asks tough questions so that
students can sharpen their thinking and hold their own in conversations
with distinguished visitors and faculty as well as their peers. And, he
has fun and is glad to see students do the same."
"When students are put into situations where they have to sort of think about what is the right thing to do, I think they actually will think of
Auer, and think what would Matt do, because he is such a compassionate real person who always tries to do the right thing. That ís the kind of person we wanted to head up
someone who our students could look to as a role model. I know that is what he will bring to Bates. He is the kind of person students will want to be like."
"Matt Auer will be missed. When I told my colleagues at the Multicultural Work Group meeting that Matt was leaving, there was a loud chorus of 'oh no's'.
Matt has been a tireless, behind-the-scenes champion of diversity efforts across campus. He is forward-thinking and genuinely cares about the well-being of IU students and the staff
of the HHC. Personally, I think he is the best boss ever, and just a wonderful human being."
"Ever since Matt came on board as Hutton Honors College dean
in August 2008, he demonstrated an exceptionally strong commitment and
dedication to the mission of the HHC, part of which is to reach
out to high-ability students and ensure they have an
intellectually-rewarding and challenging experience during their time at
IUB and as members of the HHC. Examples of his dedication included
meeting regularly with his student board of advisors, attending myriad
HHC-sponsored events every month, holding numerous individual meetings
with students in his office, and going the extra mile (or more) to seek
out promising candidates for prestigious national and international
scholarships. (As an aside, whenever he got the good news about a
student winning one of these scholarships, he celebrated with a round of
"Such words as approachable and grateful are words used about
Dean Auer in messages received from students and parents. His
energy and dedication to the Hutton Honors College have given us a
reputation as the 'caring college'. It's a nice distinction and the
message is clear: Matt is, as Cole Porter says, 'the tops' and we will
"In 2008 I took a class with Dean Auer that culminated in a
trip to South Korea. It was simultaneously one of the most
thought-provoking experiences I had as a student. Professor Auer offers
his students great knowledge, energy, innovative thinking, and a love for
the process of learning that transcends disciplines. If universities are
supposed to teach students to think and help them to figure out what
they're passionate about, then more professors should be like him."
"Matt Auer was the face of the Hutton Honors College in many
different ways, mainly through his presence and charisma. Upon
first meeting him my freshman year, I was deeply impressed by how
approachable and engaging he was and how easily he seem to connect with
students. Yet getting to know Dean Auer was about more than just faculty
friendship-he challenged and inspired every student to be truly proud of
the Hutton Honors College and to be ambassadors for the entire IU
community. While he will be deeply missed, his work to improve the HHC
alumni network and the reputation of Hutton will have a lasting impact at
"It is undeniable that Dean Auer has helped make the
Hutton Honors College what it is today. His vision, and its
implementation, have allowed the College to flourish during his tenure.
My experience and the experience of many other students, with the Hutton
Honors College would not have been the same without Dean Auer's
involvement. Though he will be greatly missed, I know all of us involved
with the HHC are excited for Dean Auer and his new position with Bates
College. Moreover, we are proud and thankful for the contributions he
made while at HHC."
During the fall semester of my junior year, while on a study abroad, I
was hospitalized and diagnosed with cancer. My parents got me home and I
started chemo a week later. Because there is no existing service for
cancer patient students trying to figure things out, my mother started
calling the various colleges I was a part of. Fortunately, Hutton was
the 2nd call and Dean Auer took care of everything. My
scholarships were put on hold, he helped us figure out how to do a
temporary transfer to IUPUI while I went through chemo. When I got the
all clear to return to IU, my mom started calling about how to get me
back to Bloomington. We were shuttled from one office to another when we
received an email from Dean Auer casually offering help if there were any
problems. He got me and my scholarships reactivated. Dean Auer
and I had never met, but his words to my mom were, 'she's one of mine.'
His actions in the irregular situation exemplify his dedication to Hutton
and its students."
Anyone who knows Dean Auer knows the remarkable energy he
brings to his work. During my time at IU, his tireless presence on
campus became a familiar hallmark of the undergraduate experience,
synonymous, in my mind, with the growth and transformation of the Hutton
Honors College itself. His unflagging commitment to Hutton's
mission was visible everywhere, whether in class, on a committee, or at
one of the scores of special events the Honors College hosted each term.
Building the Honors College into the hub of cultural and intellectual
life it has become required no less-not to mention the humor, grace,
wisdom, or formidable intellect Dean Auer brought to the job.
Their Gain. . .