Indiana University Northwest lost a cherished employee and friend on Sunday, Aug. 30, with the passing of Special Assistant to the Chancellor, Randall C. Jacobs. Jacobs, 62, passed away at his Valparaiso home surrounded by his family.
Jacobs had served since 2002 as Special Assistant to Chancellor Bruce Bergland, but his service to IU Northwest extended back to 1975, when he first joined the campus as a lecturer of technology in the Division of General and Technical Studies. Jacobs later assumed a variety of administrative roles in that and other academic units, and much later he served as Executive Dean of the School of Business and Economics from March 2001 until July 2002.
Jacobs also worked for many years at St. Margaret Mercy Hospital in Hammond, where he served as vice president, and later at Northern Indiana Public Service Co., but even then he remained deeply engaged with the university as adjunct lecturer, past president of the IU Northwest Alumni Association, and in other roles. As Special Assistant, Jacobs worked on many campus projects related to community and legislative affairs.
“Randy has worked with me in a variety of roles almost since I arrived at IU Northwest,” Chancellor Bergland said Monday. “As Interim Executive Dean, he made an extremely valuable contribution to the School of Business and Economics. As an assistant to me, Randy was involved in a wide range of important campus projects. He played a significant role in obtaining the Weed and Seed designation for Glen Park, which resulted in $1.2 million in federal grants coming to the community over five years.
“Randy was a very special person, and he loved IU Northwest. He will be missed,” the Chancellor said.
On July 10, family and friends from inside and outside of the university community recognized Jacobs’s contributions to the university, and to Northwest Indiana, with a special dinner and award ceremony. Chancellor Bergland awarded Jacobs the Chancellor’s Medallion Award, the highest honor any chancellor at IU Northwest may bestow.
“Indiana University has been the most significant institution in my life,” Jacobs said at that time. “I will always be proud to be associated with Indiana University.”
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 1, from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Burns Funeral Home, located at 10101 Broadway in Crown Point. Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the First United Methodist Church of Valparaiso, located at 103 N. Franklin St. in Valparaiso.