For Immediate Release
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April 23, 2001
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Chancellor Bergland Announces New Executive Vice Chancellor

Indiana University Northwest Chancellor, Dr. "" Bruce W. Bergland recently announced that Dr. Virginia M. Helm will assume the position of Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at the university effective July 1. The position oversees and manages all aspects of academic affairs. Helm comes to IU Northwest from Western Illinois University (WIU) where she has served as Assistant Provost and Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs since 1995. At WIU for 25 years, Helm has served in various roles including assistant dean and professor. In her current role, she is responsible for negotiating and administering the first WIU campus-based union contract with faculty and academic support professionals. She led the university assessment activities, and worked with directors in Academic Affairs including the university’s Advising and Support Center, International Programs, University Honors, Women’s Center and Faculty Development. Helm also coordinated and directed the acquisition of furnishings and equipment for the WIU Quad Cities campus, and produced substantial increases in enrollment and student credit-hour production as director of WIU’s Summer School.

 “I am excited about the opportunity to work with the newly developing leadership team at Indiana University Northwest,” says Helm. “The chancellor and the university have developed a strong vision statement which will require implementation of a number of new initiatives. It will be exhilarating to work with faculty and administrators to shape those initiatives while serving students and the Northwest Indiana community.”

A Ph.D. graduate of the University of Iowa, Dr. Helm also holds an Ed.S. degree from WIU, a MA degree from Boston College and a BA degree from Boston University. She has published numerous publications, and has authored and co-authored several books and book chapters. 

“I am equally as happy to have Virginia join us in our pursuit of the Shared Vision,” says Dr. Bergland. “She is assuming a critically important position here, and I have been greatly impressed by her intelligence, wisdom and perceptiveness.” 

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