Thank you for coming this afternoon. My name is Jeff Lorber. I serve as Vice Chancellor for University Advancement here at Indiana University Northwest. I will issue a brief, formal statement on behalf of the University about Dr. Bill May’s professional career at the institution and then address questions for the media.
The Indiana University Northwest campus community learned of Dr. Bill May’s death this morning. We are deeply saddened by this tremendous loss and we wish to offer our condolences to Bill’s family and friends. The Gary Police Department has reported the death as a murder and that a suspect is in custody. Chief Garnett Watson of the Gary Police Department will answer any questions about this crime itself .
We are organizing counseling sessions for members of the campus community to grieve and discuss this tragedy. Our counseling center is scheduling times for individuals and groups to meet.
Dr. May served Indiana University Northwest’s students in numerous academic and administrative capacities for 27 years. He began as an assistant professor of biology at IU Northwest in 1974. In recent years, he served in such positions as interim Executive Vice Chancellor until his retirement in December 2001. He was named Associate Professor Emeritus of Biology earlier this year.
Bill was also active in the local community, serving as the campus liaison to various organizations including the Gary Rotary Club, of which he is recent past president; Partners in Higher Education; and the Gary Chamber of Commerce.
We again express our sincere sadness about this loss. Bill was a tremendous individual and a great asset to this campus as well as northwest Indiana.