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Indiana University to host installation ceremony for Chancellor William Lowe at IU Northwest on October 29

Ceremony to be preceded by a public ‘campus and community conversation’ facilitated by consultant Jeff Johnson

Dr. William J. Lowe will be installed as the sixth Chancellor of Indiana University Northwest on Friday, Oct. 29.

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Dr. William J. Lowe will be installed as the sixth Chancellor of Indiana University Northwest on Friday, Oct. 29.

The installation of Dr. William J. Lowe as the sixth Chancellor of Indiana University Northwest will be held on Friday, Oct. 29 at 3:30 p.m. CDT in the Savannah Recreation Center. The Chancellor’s installation theme will focus on a renewed partnership between IU Northwest and the greater community.

Prior to the formal installation, Chancellor Lowe and the university will host a special public event, “IU Northwest and Community-Based Engagement: Building Our Future Together,” in Savannah’s Bergland Auditorium from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. This “campus and community conversation” will be led by facilitator and consultant Jeff Johnson. The program will focus on ways that IU Northwest, the City of Gary and the Northwest Indiana region can foster greater partnership and collaboration for the benefit of all.  

Immediately following the formal installation ceremony for Dr. Lowe, there will be a reception to celebrate this important milestone in the life of the campus in the Shadows and Echoes Sculpture Garden, weather permitting, or in the Savannah Center lobby.

The formal ceremony and celebratory reception are open to all IU Northwest students, staff, faculty, invited community members, and community conversation participants.

Dr. Lowe joined IU Northwest as the campus’s sixth Chancellor and 12th chief administrator on July 1, 2010, succeeding Dr. Bruce Bergland. Lowe came to IU Northwest from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minn., where he had served as provost and vice president for academic affairs since 2003. He served as interim president of that university from 2007-2008 and was also a professor of history.

The Savannah Recreation Center is located at the southeast corner of the main campus parking lot at 33rd Avenue and Broadway in Gary. Free parking is available in the main campus lot.  

To RSVP for the Installation Ceremony, the Community Conversation, or both, please email Delores Crawford in the Office of External Relations at, or call (219) 980-6800.  

For additional information on the Installation of IU Northwest Chancellor William J. Lowe, please visit


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Facilitator and consultant Jeff Johnson to lead the “campus and community conversation”.