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October 20, 1999

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Bruce W. Bergland Installed As Chancellor of Indiana University Northwest

"" Dr. Bruce W. Bergland was recently installed as the new chancellor of Indiana University Northwest with over 400 members of faculty, staff, students and community members present for the occasion.

The installation ceremony, held in the IU Northwest Tamarack Hall Theatre, was presided over by Indiana University President Myles Brand. The Reverend Robert Lowery of St. Timothy Community Church said the invocation, and Rabbi Michael Stevens of Temple Beth El gave the benediction. Other speakers included Earline S. Rogers, state senator; Scott L. King, mayor of Gary; June M. Long, executive director of La Casa of  Northwest Indiana; Julia M. Jent, judge, Porter County Superior Court III; and other representative from the IU Northwest community.

Bergland comes to IU Northwest with three decades of academic and administrative experience in higher education. During the ceremony, he introduced his philosophy of Shared Vision, a process of bringing internal and external IU Northwest community members together to identify a campus mission for the 21st Century. 

 “One of our greatest assets is the dedication of the people here,” says Bergland. “Together, we will determine what direction IU Northwest will take – what is wanted and needed by the region.”

For Bergland, the chancellorship was the next logical step after holding key leadership positions at several institutions. He spent 23 years at the University of Colorado at Denver, where he served as executive vice chancellor and vice chancellor for planning, as well as other assignments. There he played a pivotal role in successfully helping to develop the small extension commuter campus into an autonomous institution.

Bergland also served as executive vice chancellor at the University of Hawaii at Oahu, and as vice president for academic and student affairs, as well as academic dean at Trinity College in Vermont. Throughout his administrative posts, Bergland held true to his commitment to education by serving as professor of basic and applied sciences, professor of education, and professor of psychology. He also has a tenured professorship at IU Northwest.

Growing up in Western Minnesota and moving to Iowa in high school, Bergland understands the Midwest environment and value system. He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Iowa State University, and earned a doctorate in counseling from Stanford University. Professional memberships include the American Association for Higher Education, Association for Institutional Research, Association for the Study of Higher Education, and the Society for College and University Planning.

Bergland and his wife, Cynthia, reside in Crown Point..

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