Overseen by Chancellor Thomas Keon, our leadership team drives PNW to be a premier metropolitan university that empowers the transformational change that leads to success.

PNW has shared governance with the University’s Faculty Senate.

Chancellor Keon

Thomas L. Keon

Over his 12 years in Northwest Indiana, Chancellor Thomas L. Keon, Ph.D., has been a force for positive change in the region. Chancellor Keon’s leadership centers on positioning the university as an important contributor to Northwest Indiana’s educational advancement, economic development and cultural enhancement.

Meet the Chancellor

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Purdue Northwest Chancellor Search

A search advisory committee has been formed to facilitate the national search for the university’s next chancellor after Chancellor Thomas L. Keon’s term completes as scheduled in June 2024.

Read More About the Chancellor Search

Senior Leadership Team

Chris Holford

Chris Holford

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Lawshe Hall (LAWS) 346
Schwarz Hall (SWRZ) 150
Phone: 219-989-2446
Email: cholford@pnw.edu

Elizabeth Babcock Depew

Elizabeth Babcock Depew

Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

Lawshe Hall (LAWS) 352
Schwarz Hall (SWRZ) 137
Phone: 219-989-2367
Email: ebabcock@pnw.edu

Stephen R. Turner

Stephen R. Turner

Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration

Schwarz Hall (SWRZ) 145
Lawshe Hall (LAWS) 336
Phone: 219-989-2232
Email: sturner@pnw.edu

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Timothy Winders

Vice Chancellor for Information Services

Technology Building (TECH) 221
Lawshe (LAWS) 356A
Phone: 219-989-8185
Email: winders@pnw.edu

Lisa Goodnight is pictured.

Lisa Goodnight

Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement and Chief of Staff to the Chancellor

Lawshe Hall (LAWS) 318
Phone: 219-989-2323
Email: Lisa.Goodnight@pnw.edu

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Rick Costello

Director of Athletics
Ex Officio

Dworkin Complex (DSAC)
Fitness and Recreation Center (FNRC) 107
Phone: 219-989-2540
Email: rick@pnw.edu

Our Mission

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

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PNW Economic Impact

Purdue University Northwest helps power our region. Our impact includes $745.9 million of total income: 2 percent of gross regional product.

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Strategic Plan

Purdue University Northwest’s Strategic Plan, Power Onward, provides the framework for our shared goals and our vision for the future.

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Policies and Procedures for Purdue University Northwest.

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Office of Institutional Equity

We are committed to promoting and enhancing a culture of inclusivity, ethical behavior, equitable treatment, equal access and equal opportunity for all community members.