2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
    Jul 20, 2024  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

About Purdue University Northwest


Purdue University Northwest (PNW) is a premier metropolitan university dedicated to empowering transformational change in our students and in our community. Located in Northwest Indiana, near Chicago, PNW values academic excellence, supports growth, and celebrates diversity. 


Purdue University Northwest (PNW) traces its roots to 1946, when Purdue University in cooperation with the federal government offered technical classes to Northwest Indiana production workers, and veterans returning from World War II eager to advance their futures. The Purdue system 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 the premier metropolitan university PNW is today, offering a wide range of degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and applied doctoral levels, while responding to the professional, cultural and economic needs of Northwest Indiana and beyond.

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, faculty development, and the Center for Learning and Academic Success.
  • Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration – responsible for all business affairs including budget and finance, human resources, facilities and grounds, risk management and public safety.
  • 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.
  • Director of Athletics  – responsible for administering all aspects of the university’s intercollegiate athletics, fitness and recreational programs.

Purdue University Board of Trustees

  • Michael R. Berghoff, Chairman, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Gary J. Lehman, Vice Chairman, Lafayette, Indiana
  • Lawrence C. “Sonny” Beck, Atlanta, Indiana
  • JoAnn Brouillette, Lafayette, Indiana
  • Theresa C. Carter, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Vanessa J. Castagna, Naples, Florida
  • Malcolm S. DeKryger, DeMotte, Indiana
  • Mark T. Gee, Jr., Johnston, Iowa
  • Michael F. Klipsch, Carmel, Indiana
  • Don Thompson, Chicago, Illinois

Officers of Administration - Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

  • Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr., President
  • Jay T. Akridge, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Diversity
  • Steven R. Abel, Associate Provost for Engagement
  • James S. Almond, Senior Vice President and Assistant Treasurer
  • William J. Bell, Vice President for Human Resources
  • Gary R. Bertoline, Senior Vice President for Purdue Online and Learning Innovation
  • Michael A. Bobinski, Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics
  • R. Ethan Braden, Senior Vice President for Marketing and Communications
  • Mung Chaing, Executive Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
  • Michael B. Cline, Senior Vice President for Administrative Operations
  • Kristina Wong Davis, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management
  • Gina DelSanto, Chief of Staff
  • Brian E. Edelman, President, Purdue Research Foundation
  • Matthew D. Folk, Vice President for University Advancement and Alumni Engagement
  • John F. Gates, Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Cherise R. Hall, Vice Provost for Finance and Strategic Initiatives
  • Peter J. Hollenbeck, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
  • Ian C. Hyatt, Chief Information Officer and Vice President for Information Technology
  • Janice A. Indrutz, Corporate Secretary and Senior Executive Assistant to the Board of Trustees
  • Trenten D. Klingerman, Deputy General Counsel
  • Wade A. Lange, Chief Entrepreneurial Officer, Purdue Research Foundation
  • Theresa S. Mayer, Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships
  • Beth M. McCuskey, Vice Provost for Student Life
  • Jenna L. Rickus, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning
  • Alysa Christmas Rollock, Vice President for Ethics and Compliance
  • Christopher A. Ruhl, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
  • Steven R. Schultz, General Counsel

Purdue University Northwest, Hammond and Westville, Indiana

  • Thomas L. Keon, Chancellor
    • Kenneth C. Holford, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
    • Stephen R. Turner, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration
    • Elizabeth Babcock Depew, Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs
    • Lisa Goodnight, Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement, Chief of Staff to the Chancellor and Professor of Communication
    • Timothy Winders, Vice Chancellor for Information Services
    • Richard Costello, Director of Athletics
    • Linda Knox, Executive Director, Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion & Title IX Coordinator
    • Leslie Plesac, Executive Director, Sinai Forum
    • Sheila Matias, Executive Director, Leadership Institute
    • Laura Pardonek, Executive Assistant to the Chancellor
  • Kenneth C. Holford, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs 
    • Rebecca Stankowski, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
    • Margaret Rincker, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Faculty Development
    • Michael Bourgeois, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Institutional Effectivess and Data Strategy
    • Lisa Hopp, Dean, College of Nursing
    • Niaz Latif, Dean, College of Technology
    • Anne Gregory, Dean, College of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences
    • Dietmar Rempfer, Interim Dean, College of Engineering and Sciences
    • Rachel Clapp-Smith, Interim Dean, College of Business
    • Jonathan Swarts, Dean, Honors College and Undergraduate Studies
  • Stephen R. Turner, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration
    • Jacob Lenson, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Campus Planning, Infrastructure and Facilities
    • Scott Parsons, Senior Director for Facilities & Grounds
    • Brian Miller, Director of Public Safety
    • Sue Miller, Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources
    • Vacant, Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance and Business Services 
  • Lisa Goodnight, Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement, Chief of Staff to the Chancellor and Professor of Communication
    • Ashley Gerodimos, Executive Director, PNW Alumni Community and University Strategic Events
    • Jamie Manahan, Executive Director of Development
    • Kris Falzone, Associate Vice Chancellor for Marketing and Communications
    • Natalie Connors, Executive Director for Employer Engagement and Development Operations
    • Matthew Wells, Associate Vice Chancellor for External Engagement and Development
    • Kara Griffin, Executive Assistant/Project Manager to the Vice Chancellor
  • Elizabeth Babcock Depew, Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management &Student Affairs
    • Sandra Steele, Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management
    • Heather Zamojski, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Success Technologies
    • Julie Wiejak, Interim Executive Director of Undergraduate Admissions
    • Iris Sanchez, Director of Hispanic Service Institution Initiatives
    • Tiffany Collins, Executive Assistant
  • Timothy Winders, Vice Chancellor for Information Services
    • LaShawn Jones, Director of University Libraries
    • Richard Gambrell, Director of Enterprise Applications
    • Daniel Bruhn, Executive Director of Client Services
    • Katie Brown, Sr. Educational Technologist, Office of Instructional Technology

Non Discrimination Policy Statement

Purdue University is committed to maintaining a community which recognizes and values the inherent worth and dignity of every person; fosters tolerance, sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect among its members; and encourages each individual to strive to reach his or her own potential. In pursuit of its goal of academic excellence, the University seeks to develop and nurture diversity. The University believes that diversity among its many members strengthens the institution, stimulates creativity, promotes the exchange of ideas, and enriches campus life.

Purdue University views, evaluates, and treats all persons in any University related activity or circumstance in which they may be involved, solely as individuals on the basis of their own personal abilities, qualifications, and other relevant characteristics.

Purdue University prohibits discrimination against any member of the University community on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or status as a veteran. The University will conduct its programs, services and activities consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations and orders and in conformance with the procedures and limitations as set forth in Purdue’s Equal Opportunity, Equal Access and Affirmative Action policy which provides specific contractual rights and remedies. Additionally, the University promotes the full realization of equal employment opportunity for women, minorities, persons with disabilities and veterans through its affirmative action program.

Any question of interpretation regarding this Nondiscrimination Policy Statement shall be referred to the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance for final determination.

Title IX

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” - Title IX

Title IX is part of the Education Amendments of 1972 to the 1964 Civil Rights Act and is enforced by the U.S. Department of Education. This federal law prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities operated by recipients of federal financial assistance. Title IX applies to all participants of such programs, including students, parents and faculty/staff members. The purpose of Title IX is to help foster safe and respectful University environments that better protect students, faculty and staff from incidents of sex-based discrimination and sexual harassment, including sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking.

Purdue University Northwest’s Title IX Coordinator, Laura Odom, Associate Director of the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, is responsible for the implementation of the University’s Title IX Harrassment Policy.  Questions or concerns may be directed as follows:

Laura Odom, Associate Director
Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Schwarz Hall, Room 25D
1401 S. U.S. Hwy 421
Westville, IN 46391
(219) 785-5545

Lawshe Hall, Room 218
2200 169th Street
Hammond, IN 46323-2094
(219) 989-2163



Indiana law requires each person 18 years and older to report child abuse or neglect to the police or Child Protective Services. In the event of an emergency, call 911. If it is not an emergency, immediately alert the police or Child Protective Services (1-800-800-5556). .

Your Campus, Your Safety

Your Campus, Your Safety - Purdue University Northwest’s annual security and fire safety reports are available online. This report is required by federal law and contains policy statements and crime statistics for Purdue University Northwest. The policy statements address Purdue University Northwest’s policies, procedures and programs concerning safety and security (i.e., policies for responding to emergency situations and sexual offenses). Three years’ worth of statistics are included for certain types of crimes that were reported to have occurred on campus, in or on off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the school and on public property within or immediately adjacent to the campus. The reports are available online by campus location:

Click here for the Campus Safety Report

You may also request a paper copy from the Purdue Northwest Hammond Police Department Office located at the east entrance of the Schneider Avenue Building. Located at the corner of 169th St. and Osborne. Or the Purdue Northwest Westville Police Department Office located at the Physical Facility/Campus Police Building Room 101.