Purdue Northwest chancellor finalists to make presentations

Sept. 2, 2015  

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 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 at 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 took place on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.

* 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 p.m. Sept. 10 in LSF 002, at Purdue North Central.

1:15 p.m. Sept. 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 p.m. Sept. 14 in Alumni Hall SUL 360, at Purdue Calumet

1:15 p.m. Sept. 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 p.m. Sept. 16 in LSF 002, at Purdue North Central.

1:15 p.m. Sept. 17 in Alumni Hall SUL 360, at Purdue Calumet.


Source: Gary Lehman, 765-494-9710, trustees@purdue.edu 

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