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Karl Besel, Ph.D

Assistant Dean and Director

Dunes Medical / Professional Building 2106
Dr. Besel has served as the Assistant Dean and Director of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at IU Northwest since July of 2015. Prior to that time Dr. Besel was the Graduate Program Director and Professor of Public Administration and Health Management at IU Kokomo. Dr. Besel has also worked as a research professor and center director at the University of Louisville, as well as an executive director of a court related nonprofit organization.

In 2016 and 2014 he was named a Distinguished William J. Clinton Lecturer.  Dr. Besel also served as the Visiting Scholar of Community Philanthropy at the Center on Community Philanthropy, Clinton School of Public Service (University of Arkansas), in 2009.He holds a doctoral degree from the School of Business from the University of Louisville, KY, where he specialized in Organizational Administration. Dr. Besel also received a graduate degree in social work (MSSW) from University of Louisville, and a bachelor’s degree from Valparaiso University.

Dr. Karl Besel is the Assistant Dean and Director at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at IU Northwest. His teaching and research interests include nonprofit management and sustainability, executive succession planning, urban planning, and civil society. Information about Dr. Besel’s latest book publication can be accessed via the following links:

University of Arkansas Press Website

Passing the Torch: Planning for the Next Generation of Leaders in Public Service by Charlotte Williams, Director of the Center on Community Philanthropy, and Karl Basel press release.

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Mailing Address

IU Northwest
3400 Broadway 
Dunes Medical/Professional Building, Room 2106
Gary, Indiana 46408

Office Hours

Monday - Friday
By Appointment

Email Address


Phone Number

(219) 980-6554


School of Public and Environmental Affairs