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Silas W. “Bill” May

Academic and Career Achievements

Academic and Administrative Positions at IUN:

  • Assistant Professor of Biology, 1974-1980

  • Associate Professor of Biology, 1980-2001

  • Chairman, Department of Biology, 1985-1988

  • Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, 1988-1992

  • Acting Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, 1992-1995

  • Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, 1995-1996

  • Interim Assistant Dean, School of Education, 1996-1997

  • Interim Dean, School of Education, 1997-1999

  • Interim Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, 2000-2001

  • Special Assistant to the Chancellor, 2001

  • Associate Professor Emeritus of Biology, 2002

Other Teaching Experience:

  •  High school chemistry and biology teacher, Theodore Roosevelt High School, Los Angeles, California, 1962-1965

  • High school biology teacher and audio-visual coordinator, U.S. Department of Defense, Overseas Dependent Schools, Germany, and Clark Air Force Base, Philippine Islands, 1965-1970

Synopsis of career:

Dr. May was a National Science Foundation Fellow in 1970-71. He taught courses in biology at IUN—his research specialization was in microbiology. He also taught courses for nursing and allied health majors and advanced courses for pre-med students.

During the later years of Dr. May's administrative career, he served in many capacities as a campus liaison to various community groups and organizations including the Gary Rotary Club, Partners in Higher Education and the Gary Chamber of Commerce.

In his recent role as Special Assistant to the Chancellor, Dr. May spearheaded IUN's effort to develop a space planning model which is being implemented by the Facilities Planning Committee.

Dr. May officially retired from IUN in December 2001. He has been recognized by many colleagues as someone who always demonstrated willingness to step forward and when needed to contribute to the betterment of IUN.


  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of New Mexico, 1960

  • Master of Natural Science, Microbiology, University of Oklahoma, 1971

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Microbiology, University of Oklahoma, 1974




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