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Chancellor Lowe Information

Biography

William J. Lowe became Chancellor and Professor of History at Indiana University Northwest in July 2010. Prior to coming to Northwest Indiana, Dr. Lowe was Provost and Professor of History at Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul, Minn., where he also served as Interim President during the 2007-2008 academic year.

He holds the degrees of B.A.Chancellor William Lowe in History from Michigan State University and Ph.D. in Modern History from Trinity College, Dublin. Dr. Lowe’s research and writing are in the field of modern Irish history and he was a Fulbright Scholar.

Dr. Lowe’s active leadership and commitment to the IU Northwest campus and the greater Northwest Indiana region have contributed to significant campus milestones, including an all-time enrollment high of nearly 6,400 students experienced during the fall 2013 semester, the campus’s sixth consecutive year of increased enrollment.

Approval of the design for the  new $45 million Arts & Sciences building achieves an important campus priority. The building, set to open in 2017, will serve the educational needs of both IU Northwest and Ivy Tech-Northwest students, strengthening the partnership between the two institutions and enhancing the transfer-student pathway.

In 2012, the IU School of Medicine-Northwest located on the IU Northwest campus, expanded to a four-year MD program. The medical school, the only one in Northwest Indiana, actively involves medical students and IU Northwest undergraduates in research and local healthcare needs.

As one of Northwest Indiana’s anchors, Dr. Lowe has redoubled the campus’s strategic commitment to community-based engagement. In 2013, an estimated 2,100 students contributed more than 126,000 service hours, demonstrated through course work and projects that were integral to the academic experience.

Dr. Lowe’s involvement in the Northwest Indiana community reflects IU Northwest’s commitment to the future of the region. He co-chaired One Region during 2012-14 and is a member of the boards of the Urban League of Northwest Indiana, South Shore Arts, and Lakeshore Public Media.  He is the 2014-15 chair of the Indiana Campus Compact board. He was a member of the Northwest Indiana Trauma Center & Academic Medical Center Feasibility Study Steering Committee in 2013-14.

 Dr. Lowe has also served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at The College of Saint Rose, Albany, N.Y.; 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.

His recreational activities include daily exercise, reading (history, fiction and The Guardian Weekly), independent cinema and travel. Dr. Lowe resides in Crown Point with his wife Pamela, a development consultant for not-for-profit organizations and a community volunteer who has served as Senior Director of Major and Special Gifts for the Minnesota Zoo Foundation and Director of Development at the University of Minnesota Foundation.

IU Northwest Campus Accomplishments & Changes

Significant IU Northwest accomplishments and changes since Chancellor Lowe joined the campus in 2010:

  • Maintaining the campus’s highest-ever enrollment of nearly 6,400 students, while continuing to uphold the campus’s Mission of providing high-quality and relevant education to the diverse citizens of Northwest Indiana.
  • A commitment to the steady expansion of Online Learning programming, expanding the academic options for students who balance the competing demands of college, work and family responsibilities.
  • Approval of a new 106,000-square-foot, $45 million academic building, which will serve the educational needs of both IU Northwest and Ivy Tech-Northwest students, scheduled to open in the summer of 2016.
  • A comprehensive salary review and implementation of programmatic salary improvements.
  • The continuing “Campus Conversation on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion,” to promote an inclusive environment for the different people and cultures who learn, work and collaborate on IU’s most diverse campus.
  • A redoubled campus commitment to community-based engagement, resulting in an estimated 2,100 students contributing more than 126,000 service hours annually, demonstrated through course work and applied research, such as incident mapping and analysis for local police departments by the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and the Northwest Indiana Economic Index, a tool developed by the School of Business and Economics to track the region’s economy.
  • A growing commitment to providing high-quality academic experiences and college-level credit to more than 1,000 students from Northwest Indiana high schools through Early College/dual credit programs.
  • The redesign of the former Tamarack Hall site as a green space, through campus and community participation and a guiding framework developed by two undergraduate students.
  • Improved pedestrian and motorist safety on Broadway.
  • Increased financial support for research and creative activity by a highly-productive faculty of teacher-scholars.
  • Reestablishment of the community-based IU Northwest Board of Advisors.
  • Expansion of innovative undergraduate pre-professional programming and pathways, in partnership with the IU School of Medicine-Northwest, the only medical school in Northwest Indiana.
  • Campus facilities investments, including drainage, and the renovation of the RedHawk Cafeteria and local buildings that currently serve as temporary locations for the Fine Arts and Performing Arts departments.
  • The establishment of the Portage University Center through a partnership with the City of Portage and other academic institutions, making an IU degree accessible to more students.
  • A full-scale redesign of the campus’s website, providing a more modern interface with easier reading and navigation for site visitors.
  • The implementation of a First-Year Experience program, to prepare incoming students for academic success.
  • The establishment of the Chancellor’s Commission for Community Engagement, which meets periodically to share insights about significant regional issues and IU Northwest’s engagement in the Northwest Indiana community.

William J. Lowe
Chancellor
Professor of History
Indiana University Northwest

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