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New lineup for IU Northwest leadership team


Rominger, Hobson in new roles; Roberts, Dickerson join team

Friday Jul 29, 2016


The Indiana University Northwest leadership team welcomes some new faces to its leadership team this fall as well as some familiar faces in new roles.

Michelle Dickerson, Executive Director of Finance

Michelle Dickerson has assumed the role of Executive Director of Finance, filing the position of the now-retired Marianne Milich. Dickerson will also oversee the Office of Human Resources.

Dickerson has served in financial leadership positions at the Gateway Foundation in Chicago since 1997, first as Controller, and, most recently, as Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer. Gateway Foundation is a national, not-for-profit healthcare organization, where she was involved in the full range of finance-related activities. Dickerson also worked in finance, budget and audit roles at Building Better Futures (BBF) Family Services, Canteen Corporation and McDonald’s Corp. She is a Gary native, from the Glen Park neighborhood. Dickerson holds a B.S. in Accounting from Purdue University and the M.B.A. from Northwestern University.

Watch for a full story welcoming Dickerson in September.

Charles Hobson, Interim Dean for School of Education

Charles Hobson, Professor in the School of Business and Economics, will continue his tenure as Interim Dean of the School of Education. Hobson has served as Interim Dean since January, and has worked tirelessly to support the School’s faculty and staff, perform the administrative and managerial functions of the position, and engage in sustained outreach to the community and area schools. Hobson assumed the interim deanship following a semester-long appointment held by Dr. Vernon Smith, Professor of Education, who also provided leadership and guidance to the faculty and staff during a transitional period for the School.

Cynthia Roberts, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Business and Economics

Cynthia Roberts, Ph.D., joins us as the Dean of the School of Business and Economics. Roberts previously served in numerous administrative capacities at Purdue University North Central in Westville, Ind. for the past 16 years where she served in the roles of Chair of the Department of Business and Leadership, Director of the MBA Program, Interim Dean of the College of Business, and the Teddy Jacobi Dean of the College of Business.  

Roberts brings a record of impressive accomplishments in the areas of both teaching and research, including awards for outstanding teaching and numerous publications in the areas of leadership, gender, community engagement, and servant leadership.

“IU Northwest, and in particular, the School of Business and Economics, has enjoyed a long history in our region of academic excellence,” Roberts said. “I look forward to working with my new colleagues to explore opportunities to make an even greater impact on the lives of our students as well as the social and economic well-being of the region.”

Roberts earned her Ph.D. in Organizational Development from Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill. and two master’s degrees from Loyola University in Chicago.

Read more on Roberts here.

Anna Rominger, Interim Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Anna Rominger, who previously served as Dean of the School of Business and Economics and Associate Professor of Business Administration, has postponed her retirement to accept the position of Interim Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the 2016-17 academic year.

Rominger has been a member of the IU Northwest community since 1992 and has served as interim dean and then dean since 2000, except for 2005-2006, when she previously served as Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Among her priorities as dean has been securing fully-accredited status for the School of Business and Economics by AACSB International. She is an attorney who had a distinguished legal career in both the public service and private practice before coming to IU Northwest. Her many professional and educational contributions in the State of Indiana were recognized in April 2016 with the award of the Sagamore of the Wabash.

Looking forward to taking academic excellence to new heights

Rominger, in her new role, oversees this staff of new and familiar faces.

With regard to academic affairs at IU Northwest, Rominger applauded IU Northwest colleagues who are celebrating an excellent review from its AQIP accreditation this year.

In the coming year, Rominger discussed how the campus will focus on developing its strengths including servant leadership both on campus and in its community activities. This focus moves the campus forward on its goal to earn the Carnegie Classification for Institutions of Higher Education through community engagement.

The campus will also be developing some high impact practices to enable IU Northwest students to persist to graduation. For example, Rominger says, “Reinventing the First Year” is an especially exciting initiative with several faculty members already enthusiastically developing a freshmen experience for new students.

“The entire campus community is truly engaged in the effort to offer students a seminal experience on this campus,” Rominger said. “IU Northwest continues to offer Northwest Indiana the best educational experience through excellent teaching, impactful research and engaged and transformative service.”   

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