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Settlement reached in former IPFW chancellor’s lawsuit

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) – Attorneys for Purdue University say the school has settled a federal lawsuit over the forced retirement of Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne’s former chancellor.

The school’s attorneys say in a Monday court filing that Michael Wartell’s lawsuit “has now been resolved.” That filing includes no details of the settlement.

A message left Tuesday seeking comment from Wartell’s attorney, Blake Hike, was not immediately returned.

Wartell was forced to retire in 2011 at age 65 under a mandatory retirement age policy he alleges was not enforced against any other senior administrator.

Wartell sued Purdue in both federal and Tippecanoe County court in 2013.

The Journal Gazette reports the settlement ends years of wrangling over a report prepared by an attorney who investigated Wartell’s removal.

Purdue officials fought to keep that report secret.

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