To:           Executive Vice Presidents, Chancellors, Vice Presidents, Vice Chancellors, Vice Provosts, Deans, Directors and Heads of Schools, Divisions, Departments and Offices

From:       Gary Lehman, Purdue trustee and chair of search committee

Date:        August 21, 2015

Re:           Finalists for chancellor of Purdue Northwest

I am pleased to announce that four outstanding finalists for the position of chancellor of Purdue Northwest will be making visits to the Purdue North Central and Purdue Calumet campuses over the next few weeks.

Each of our candidates will spend two days and meet with various individuals and groups on the two campuses in addition to making a public presentation at each campus. Feedback will be requested after each visit and will be considered as the finalists are assessed and the first chancellor of Purdue Northwest is chosen.

The search committee has worked extremely hard in selecting these finalists from a large and talented pool, and I thank all for the efforts leading up to this point.

The news release below will be issued shortly and also will be sent via appropriate channels at Purdue North Central and Purdue Calumet and appear in Purdue Today on Monday, August 24.

I encourage the entire Purdue community to take part in this important process.

 

NEWS RELEASE

August 21, 2015

PNW chancellor finalists to make presentations

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Four finalists for Purdue University Northwest chancellor will be on the Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central campuses for two-day interviews over the next few weeks. Finalists will meet with various groups on both campuses and will make a public presentation at each campus.

Gary Lehman, Purdue trustee and head of the search committee, said each finalist will make a 30-minute public presentation and take audience questions. The presentations will be livestreamed and archived for those who are unable to attend the presentation in person.

The new chancellor will oversee the integration of Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central and be the first chief executive officer of Purdue University Northwest, which will officially come into existence on July 1, 2016, pending approval by the Higher Learning Commission. The chancellor will be responsible for working with stakeholders from the two existing campuses to form a new set of shared values and priorities as well as to advance academic quality, student success and affordability. The chancellor also will be charged with meeting with local employers and community leaders to ensure that the new institution is meeting the needs of the regional economy.

Finalists and their presentation times are below (all times are Central time, local to Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central). The livestream link, archived presentation and each candidate’s full curriculum vitae will be made available from http://unifynorthcentralcalumet.com/pnw-chancellor-search/. Feedback on the candidates is requested and an online tool also will be provided on the candidate website.

* Michael Stevenson, most recently the senior fellow for academic affairs for the University of Maine system, also has served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Southern Maine and dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Northern Arizona University, in addition to time at Miami University, Ball State University and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Stevenson’s presentations:
2:00 p.m. August 31 in Alumni Hall SUL 360, at Purdue Calumet
1:15 p.m. September 1, in LSF 002, at Purdue North Central

* Ron Brown is associate vice chancellor for academic affairs in the University of North Texas system, where he previously served as president of the University of North Texas at Dallas. Brown also has served at Temple University, the Medical University School of South Carolina, the University of Houston and the University of Illinois. Brown is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society and president of the Society of Pediatric Psychology.

Brown’s presentations:
2:00 p.m. September 10 in LSF 002, at Purdue North Central
1:15 p.m. September 11 in Gyte 103, at Purdue Calumet

* Stephen Kolison is associate vice president for academic, faculty and global programs for the University of Wisconsin system, where he also has served as acting senior vice president for academic affairs. In addition, Kolison was founding dean and research director for the Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Research at Tennessee State University. He also served at Tuskegee University and Iowa State University. He is affiliated with the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management and EDUCAUSE.

Kolison’s presentations:
2:00 p.m. September 14 in Alumni Hall SUL 360, at Purdue Calumet
1:15 p.m. September 15 in LSF 002, at Purdue North Central

* Thomas Keon is currently chancellor at Purdue Calumet, where he has served since 2011. He was previously dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Central Florida, dean of the College of Business and Administration at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and associate dean of the College of Business at Florida Atlantic University. Keon is affiliated with the American Council on Education, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

Keon’s presentations:
2:00 p.m. September 16 in LSF 002, at Purdue North Central
1:15 p.m. September 17 in Alumni Hall SUL 360, at Purdue Calumet