Ken Iwama was named the seventh chancellor of the Indiana University Northwest campus by the IU Board of Trustees effective August 1, 2020.
Ken’s division led the college’s strategic priority in re-engaging with the community
of Staten Island, one of the five great boroughs of New York City, which resulted in unprecedented resources flowing into the college to grow the educational and
research environments needed to support
and enhance academic excellence.
Ken previously served as the College of
Staten Island’s founding Vice President for
the Division of Economic Development, Continuing Studies, and Government Relations. In addition to providing diverse educational programming for 4,000 pre-college, professional certificate, and matriculated students, the division supported faculty research and innovation, government relations, corporate and foundation engagement, specialized student career services, student residential life, workforce development, auxiliary services, and community-based centers and programming.
Of particular note, Ken secured more than $23 million for major facilities and infrastructure projects, as well as academic initiatives supporting the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, Division of Science and Technology, School of Health Sciences, and the Lucille and Jay Chazanoff School of Business. Ken oversaw the creation of the first Tech Incubator on Staten Island and initiated the development of the first Innovation Center in the borough.
Ken also served as the Chief of Staff and Deputy for two College of Staten Island presidents and was the college’s Director of Diversity and Compliance. With an extensive background in education law and labor law, prior to working at the college, Ken was General Counsel for the State-Operated School District of Jersey City. As the first school district in the nation subject to takeover by a state due to its struggles in meeting state constitutional education standards, Ken was a senior member of the state-appointed intervention team, which ultimately was successful in raising performance indicators and commencing the district’s return to local city control.
Ken has presented on higher education issues at national conferences and seminars and has served with numerous higher education/legal organizations, including the Advisory Committee for the Journal of College and University Law and the Committee on Legal Education for the National Association of College and University Attorneys, the New York City Tech Talent Pipeline Academic Council, and was chair of the Administrative Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association.
Ken was also actively involved in community organizations highlighted by his service on the Advisory Board of the New York Small Development Center and as co-chair of the Freshkills Park Alliance for the Freshkills Park, which will become the second-largest public park in New York City when completed. Ken was also appointed by the governor to serve on the Blue-Ribbon Panel to study the integration of the Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities with the College of Staten Island.
Ken holds a B.A. in English from the University of New Hampshire, an M.A. in Labor and Employment Relations from the Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations, and a J.D. from Seton Hall Law School.