William J. Lowe became Chancellor and Professor of History at Indiana University Northwest in July 2010. IU Northwest is the comprehensive campus of Indiana University (IU) in Northwest Indiana and, for Fall Semester 2015, had an enrollment of nearly 6,000 students. Reflecting the demography of Northwest Indiana, IU Northwest students and employees make it Indiana University’s most diverse campus. As Chancellor, Dr. Lowe’s responsibilities include academic leadership and planning on campus and engagement in and with the Northwest Indiana community. Chancellor Lowe holds the degrees of B.A. in History (Michigan State University) and Ph.D. in Modern History (Trinity College Dublin).
The most visible campus milestone since 2010 is the construction of the signature Arts & Sciences Building on Broadway. The $45M, 126,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art building opens in 2017 and includes a 500-seat theatre and a colocation partnership with the Ivy Tech Community College-Northwest Gary campus. Even while maintaining a comfortable, attractive campus learning environment, IU Northwest builds on information technology and instructional design leadership to create flexible learning options through the expansion of high-quality online courses and programs. The campus has increased support for a skilled, productive faculty of teacher scholars who are engaged in teaching, research and creative activities. IU Northwest remains affordable and IU’s MoneySmarts financial literacy program has helped to reduce student borrowing by about 25%. IU Northwest continues to turn in a solid annual financial performance, in a difficult financial environment.
IU Northwest has redoubled its longstanding commitment to community-based engagement since 2010, including 154,000 student service hours annually, as well as initiatives such as sponsorship (with the Indiana Bar Association) of the 2011 and 2015 Indiana Civic Health Index and the Chancellor’s Commission for Community Engagement. In 2013, the IU Trustees authorized the re-establishment of the regional Board of Advisors for the campus. Chancellor Lowe’s involvements in the Northwest Indiana community reflect IU Northwest’s commitment to the future of the region. He serves on the boards of the Urban League of Northwest Indiana (Chair, 2015 & 2016), South Shore Arts (Chair, 2016-18), Lakeshore Public Media, Indiana Campus Compact (Chair, 2014-15) and Co-Chaired (2012-14) One Region: Improving the Quality of Life of Northwest Indiana.
Prior to coming to Northwest Indiana, Dr. Lowe was Provost and Professor of History at Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he also served as Interim President during the 2007-2008 academic year. Metropolitan State is the comprehensive state university for the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul and, in 2007, inaugurated its first doctoral program (Doctorate in Nursing Practice), followed in 2010 by the Doctorate in Business Administration. Metropolitan State’s “unwavering commitment to civic engagement” has been recognized by the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification for both Curricular Engagement and Outreach and Partnerships and the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
As Provost, Dr. Lowe was Metropolitan State’s chief academic and operating officer, with responsibility for five colleges and a school, programs on three principal campuses, the Center for Online Learning, and other administrative areas. Dr. Lowe provided leadership for implementation of the University Plan, the enrollment and revenue framework to protect instructional and growth capacity in a challenging State appropriation climate and the University’s continuous improvement commitment, through the Academic Quality Improvement Program of the Higher Learning Commission.
Dr. Lowe took an active lead at the University level and in Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System efforts to find collaborative solutions to the need to rapidly expand access to Bachelor’s degrees and graduate programs in the growing and increasingly diverse Twin Cities metropolitan area. He has served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at The College of Saint Rose, Albany, New York; Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Detroit; and Dean of Graduate Studies at Chicago State University. His career includes administrative appointments at State University of New York at Cortland and Lake Erie College, Ohio.
Dr. Lowe’s research and writing is in the field of modern Irish history and he was a Fulbright Scholar (1990). His current project is the history of the Royal Irish Constabulary (R.I.C.), from 1836 until its disbandment in 1922. His articles have appeared in Irish Historical Studies, Irish Economic and Social History, Éire-Ireland,History Ireland and other international journals. Dr. Lowe’s book, The Irish in Mid-Victorian Lancashire: The Shaping of a Working Class Community, appeared in 1989.
His recreational activities include daily exercise, reading (history, fiction and The Guardian Weekly) and travel. Dr. Lowe resides in Crown Point, Indiana with his wife Pamela, who is Associate Vice President for Leadership Giving at Adler University (Chicago) and was formerly Senior Director of Major and Special Gifts for the Minnesota Zoo Foundation and Director of Development at the University of Minnesota Foundation.