2016-2017 Academic Catalog 
    Jun 07, 2023  
2016-2017 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

About Purdue University Northwest

2016-17 marks the first academic year of Purdue University Northwest. The comprehensive, Northwest Indiana-based institution is a unification of the former Purdue University Calumet of Hammond and Purdue University North Central of Westville. A single university of two campuses located 35 miles apart just outside the Chicago metropolitan area, Purdue Northwest is part of the internationally-respected Purdue University system, Indiana’s land grant institution.

Purdue Northwest was established to better serve students and the Northwest Indiana region.


The genesis of Purdue Northwest through its two campuses emerged during World War II when Purdue University in cooperation with the federal government offered technical classes to Northwest Indiana production workers in response to war effort needs. When the war ended, higher education took on new meaning in a region of returning soldiers and others eager to advance their futures.

Purdue introduced degree credit courses in a variety of facilities in and around Hammond in 1946 and in Michigan City and La Porte as early as 1949.

Subsequently, land Purdue acquired through the Ross-Ade Foundation paved the way for development of two campuses—one south of Michigan City near Westville and the other in Hammond’s Woodmar neighborhood. The first building on the Hammond location opened in late 1951. A permanent Westville location introduced classes in fall of 1967.

Both campuses grew and developed into comprehensive regional universities, collectively awarding more than 67,000 undergraduate and graduate degrees through spring 2016 and enrolling some 15,000 students during the 2015-16 academic year, while also responding to the professional, cultural and economic needs of Northwest Indiana and beyond.

Emergence of Purdue University Northwest

Purdue University announced February 26, 2014 that Purdue University Calumet and Purdue University North Central would unify their respective administrations. Through a detailed unification process, both campuses would be preserved and administrative, academic oversight and other functions would be combined.

The unification of two campuses into one university would enable more resources to be reallocated to advance educational quality, student success, efficiency and a more impactful response to specific needs of Northwest Indiana. In short, an extraordinary university of two strong campuses would emerge that would better serve students, families, business, industry and economic development.

The Purdue Board of Trustees approved Purdue University Northwest as the name of the unified institution in July 2014. Purdue Trustees also approved a plan in October 2015 to reorganize the 11 academic colleges of Calumet and North Central into six Purdue Northwest colleges. The establishment of Purdue University Northwest became official when the Higher Learning Commission granted approval March 4, 2016.

Purdue Northwest Senior Leadership

A single Board of Trustees governs the entire Purdue University system through the President of the University.

The Chancellor of Purdue University Northwest is the senior administrative officer on campus and reports to the President of Purdue University. Serving the Chancellor as senior administrators are:

  • Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost – responsible for all academic programs and the Center for Learning and Academic Success.
  • Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration – responsible for the business affairs of the university, including budget and finance, human resources, buildings and grounds, and university police.
  • Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement – responsible for advancing the university and overseeing alumni relations, communications, fund raising, university and community relations, and marketing.
  • Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs – oversees the many services and functions the university offers to advance student success and nurture student life and community on campus, including enrollment related services.
  • Vice Chancellor for Information Services – responsible for connecting the changing, emerging needs of technology with the knowledge generated through library resources.
  • Athletic Director – responsible for administering all aspects of the university’s 13-team intercollegiate athletic program.

Purdue University Board of Trustees

Michael R. Berghoff, Chairman, Indianapolis, IN
Thomas E. Spurgeon, Vice Chairman, Peoria, IL
Lawrence C. “Sonny” Beck, Atlanta, IN
JoAnn Brouillette, Lafayette, IN
Vanessa J. Castagna, Dallas, TX
Malcolm S. DeKryger, DeMotte, IN
Michael F. Klipsch, Carmel, IN
Cameron S. Mann, Cloverdale, IN
Gary J. Lehman, Lafayette, IN
Don Thompson, Chicago, IL

Officers of Administration - Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr., President
James S. Almond, Senior Vice President for Business Services and Assistant Treasurer
Debasish (Deba) Dutta, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Diversity
Morgan J. Burke, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics
Ralph Amos, President and Chief Executive Officer, Purdue Alumni Association
Mike B. Cline, Vice President for Physical Facilities
Gina DelSanto, Chief of Staff
Julie Griffith, Vice President for Public Affairs
Suresh V. Garimella, Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships
Daniel J. Halser, President and Chief Entrepreneurial Officer of the Purdue Research Foundation
Trent D. Klingerman, Vice President for Human Resources
W. Gerald McCartney, Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
Amy R. Noah, Vice President for Development
Alysa Christmas Rollock, Vice President for Ethics and Compliance
Steven R. Schultz, Legal Counsel
William E. “Bill” Sullivan, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer

Purdue University Northwest, Hammond and Westville, Indiana

Thomas L. Keon, Chancellor

  • Richard Costello, Director of Athletics
  • Linda Knox, Director of the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Judith Jacobi, Assistant Vice Chancellor of University Art Collections and Special Programs

Ralph Mueller, Vice Chancellor and Provost for Academic Affairs

  • William Law, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
  • Michael Lynn, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
  • Marvery Griffin, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Finance and Project Management
  • Dallas Kenny, Assistant Vice Chancellor for International Affairs
  • Rebecca Stankowski, Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor for Assessment and Accreditation
  • Joy Cowell, Director of Graduate Studies
  • Gillian Leonard, Director of Institutional Research
  • Maja Marjanovic, Director, Sponsored Programs
  • Ronald Corthell, Interim Dean, College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
  • K. Chris Holford, Interim Dean, College of Engineering and Sciences
  • Lisa Hopp, Dean, College of Nursing
  • Niaz Latif, Dean, College of Technology
  • Jane Mutchler, Dean, College of Business
  • John Rowan, Dean, Honors College

Stephen Turner, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration

  • Michelle Grant, Senior Director for Space Management, Planning and Design
  • Phillip Jankowski, Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance and Business Services
  • Michael Kull, Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities and Capital Projects
  • Brian Miller, Director of Public Safety
  • Sue Miller, Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources

Regina Biddings-Muro, Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement

  • Megan Davis-Ochi, Director of Alumni Affairs and Advancement
  • Mary Jane Dopp, Director of Advancement Resources and Donor Stewardship
  • Kris Falzone, Associate Vice Chancellor for Marketing and Communications
  • Marie Claire Foster, Senior Director of Advancement
  • Ashley Gerodimos, Manager of Strategic Events

Carmen Panlilio, Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

  • Lisa Goodnight, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs/Senior Dean of Students
  • Roy Hamilton, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Educational Opportunity Programs/McNair Program
  • Scott Iverson, Director of Housing and Residential Education
  • Sandra Steele, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management
  • John Weber, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs/Dean of Students

Timothy Winders, Vice Chancellor for Information Services

  • Tammy Guerrero, Director of University Libraries
  • Katie Gutierrez, Lead Security Analyst
  • Jason Inman, Director of Customer Service
  • Paul Johansen, Executive Director of Enterprise Applications Services
  • Stefan Yanef, Budget and Financial Analyst
  • Heather Zamojski, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Learning Technologies