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PNW Dean, College of Business

Purdue University Northwest
Indiana, United States
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Posted Date
Jul 15, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Business Administration, Management, Other Business & Management, Administrative, Deans, Executive, Other Executive
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Dean, College of Business

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) invites nominations and applications for an exceptional academic leader to serve as the Dean of the College of Business (COB). The dean will be expected to work with faculty, staff, and students to build a vision for the college that provides an exceptional educational experience while engaging the community in Northwest Indiana. The college composed of the following departments: Managerial Studies, Quantitative Business Studies, and the White Lodging School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

This is an exceptional opportunity for an innovative thinker with experience in change management and partnership building. For information regarding how to apply, submit nominations or inquire about the role, please see the “Nomination and Application Process” section at the end of this document.

About Purdue University Northwest

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) is a premier metropolitan university dedicated to empowering transformational change in our students and in our community. Located in Northwest Indiana, near Chicago and the Indiana Dunes National Park, we value academic excellence, support growth, and celebrate diversity.

PNW serves approximately 8,800 students, with more than 70 areas of study at the baccalaureate, master’s and applied doctoral levels. Academic programs are offered within six colleges that have operations on two campuses located in Hammond and Westville:
  • College of Business
  • College of Engineering and Sciences
  • College of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Technology
  • Honors College
The university is consistently ranked among the best regional universities in U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Colleges report. Our nursing, engineering, computer science, and cybersecurity programs are among those earning national recognitions. PNW also is recognized for social mobility among Midwest regional universities. As a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (GLIAC) the PNW Pride compete in NCAA Division II athletics, with more than 300 student-athletes excelling both in the classroom and in competition. Purdue Northwest is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The university employs approximately 1,100 faculty and staff.


Purdue University Northwest transforms students’ lives and our metropolitan region through a diverse campus committed to innovative education, applied research, and community engagement.


As a premier metropolitan university, Purdue University Northwest (PNW) will power intellectual, cultural, and economic development in northwest Indiana and the greater Chicago metropolitan area, enriching the surrounding community through collaborative partnerships that leverage the university’s expertise to improve people’s lives.

PNW will continue to focus on preparing students to be effective, ethical, and innovative leaders in their careers and communities through enhanced academic programming and integrative, experiential learning.

PNW will support a diverse, talented faculty as they tailor their research and teaching to address the needs of a changing economy and workforce.

PNW’s vibrant student experience, robust campus resources, and engaged alumni community will enhance students’ abilities to form lasting connections with each other and the university.

Core Values

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion



Thomas Keon has been the leader of PNW since its inception in 2016 after serving as Chancellor of Purdue University Calumet .

Prior to coming to Purdue Calumet, Dr. Keon spent 14 years as Dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Central Florida (1997-2011), where he was responsible for all personnel, including 150 full-time faculty members, budgets up to $31 million, 9,100 students and academic programs at the baccalaureate, masters and doctoral levels at a university of more than 55,000 students.

During his 35+-year career in higher education, he has been Dean of the College of Business and Administration at Southern Illinois University (1995-97), Associate Dean of the College of Business at Florida Atlantic University (1990-94), Associate Dean of the College of Business and Public Administration at the University of Missouri in Columbia (1989-90), Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Business at the University of Missouri (1988-90), and Chair of the University of Missouri’s Department of Management (1988-89). Additionally, he has taught at the University of Notre Dame, Michigan State University, and Southern Vermont College.

Dr. Keon holds a baccalaureate degree in accounting from Bentley University, a master’s degree in education from Suffolk University, an MBA from Babson College, and a Ph.D. in management from Michigan State University.


Kenneth C. Holford is the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. He provides leadership Purdue Northwest’s six colleges, and the academic programs they offer, as well as grant and research programs, student success and retention efforts, faculty development, institutional effectiveness, and data strategy.

Prior to being named the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs in May of 2020, Dr. Holford served as the Dean of the College of Engineering and Sciences after the formation of PNW in 2016. He was also Dean of the College of Sciences and Chair of the Department of Biology and Chemistry for Purdue University North Central.

Dr. Holford earned a Ph.D. in biology from Illinois State University, a master’s degree in zoology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and a baccalaureate degree in biology from Augustana College.

College of Business

Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) COB offers the following programs of study.

Undergraduate Majors
  • Accounting
  • Business Information and Analytics
  • Finance
  • Finance: Banking
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management: Food and Beverage
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management
  • Management: Entrepreneurship
  • Management: Supply Chain Management
  • Marketing
  • Multidisciplinary Studies: Fitness Management

Graduate Programs
  • Executive Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Business Administration
  • ​​​​​​​Master of Accountancy
The Role of the Dean of the College of Business

The dean of COB reports to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. The dean provides strategic academic leadership for the college and is responsible for enhancing its core missions of learning, discovery, and engagement. The successful candidate will understand the opportunities and challenges facing public universities in the current higher education landscape and possess the skills, leadership, and vision to advance the college in this complex environment. The dean will be engaged in strategic planning and establishing a vision for the college.

Reporting to the dean are the Director of the White Lodging School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, the Director of the Northwest Indiana Small Business Development Center, two associate deans, the COB department chairs, a senior administrative assistant, an administrative assistant, a technology specialist, an employer relations specialist, a career counselor and training program supervisor, a professional selling program coordinator, and a director of enrollment management and assessment. The dean also works in concert with dedicated staff in Institutional Advancement to further the college’s culture of philanthropy. There are approximately 1,000 graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in the college, with more than 95 full-time and part-time faculty and staff.

The dean will oversee a budget of approximately $9 million annually. During FY22, PNW moved to an incentive-based budget model that will afford an innovative and entrepreneurial leader the ability to make significant change in the college.

The dean will be actively engaged in program development, curricular enhancement, budget planning, resource development, and assessment of student learning.

Opportunities and Challenges

The priorities for the next dean include, but are not limited to:
  • Advance student success and student engagement: The new dean will ensure the College is focused on student success in all dimensions – academic, personal, and career. This includes cultivating a sense of belonging on PNW’s traditionally commuter-oriented campuses and creating a robust network of support for students. PNW is home to an exciting array of students – traditionally-aged learners, first-generation college matriculants, under-represented populations, veterans, and transfer students. The dean will determine student support needs and allocate appropriate resources to promote strong student outcomes.
  • Enhance curricular innovation and scholarly activity within the College: The dean will provide vision and leadership for educational innovation and will foster an environment of the highest expectations in teaching, service, and research. The dean will encourage an intellectual climate which features mentoring and developmental opportunities that will both attract and retain excellent faculty members. The dean will play a key role in guiding and identifying resources for the further development of faculty, both individually and as a community.
  • Promote access, diversity and excellence : PNW serves a racially, economically, ethnically, and culturally diverse community of students and scholars. The dean will promote a climate that is welcoming and inclusive and one in which all individuals experience being a valued member of the community.
  • Engage in resource generation: PNW benefits from the state of Indiana’s strong financial position and excellent stewardship of resources. State appropriations stand at 43 percent of the institution’s current budget. Nevertheless, it is essential that COB acquire new resources to continue to attract the strongest students and faculty, develop and support programs and research initiatives, and be prepared to meet future challenges. T he new dean will be fully involved in fundraising initiatives, engaging with individuals, corporations, foundations, and other potential partners in philanthropy. Moreover, the successful candidate will work closely with faculty to envision new academic programs or modes of delivery that will draw additional enrollments to COB.

The successful candidate should possess an earned doctorate in a discipline appropriate to the college as well as academic qualifications appropriate for appointment at the rank of professor in one of the academic departments of the college. The dean will bring to the role a record of teaching and scholarly achievement reflective of PNW’s own standards of excellence, coupled with integrity and vision.

In addition, the ideal candidate will be:
  • A person of proven academic leadership who will provide vision and inspire and motivate others;
  • A committed teacher-scholar with a deep understanding of and respect for the college’s commitment to shared governance;
  • A diplomatic and approachable team leader with experience in change management;
  • A superb listener and transparent communicator who is at ease in a multitude of settings with multiple constituencies;
  • An eloquent advocate for business who will be able to articulate the strengths of the programs and advocate for resources;
  • A strategically minded individual who will provide leadership on policy and procedure development for the college;
  • A mentor with experience enhancing research and scholarly productivity among faculty;
  • An inclusive leader committed to promoting diversity among faculty, staff, and students;
  • A partnership builder, experienced working with external stakeholders, which may have included alumni, donors, industry, government, and community partners;
  • An entrepreneurial and fair-minded fiscal leader who will aid the college in matching aspirations with finite resources while thinking creatively about growth opportunities;
  • An evidence-driven planner with experience in quantitative analysis, assessment and outcomes measurements, as well as accreditation efforts;
  • A scholar of higher education, knowledgeable about the intricacies of enrollment management, best academic budget modeling, marketing and branding, technology, and environmental sustainability; and
  • A trustworthy individual with a strong moral compass.
Nomination and Application Process

All applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a letter of interest addressing the themes in this profile and a CV or resume. Purdue University Northwest is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including learning, discovery, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in their cover letter, indicating their experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.

For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received preferably by Friday, September 2, 2022. Application materials should be Nominations and inquiries can be directed to Debra Grant or Michelle Flemming at

Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

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