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

Lisa Goodnight is pictured.
Offices and Phone

Westville: Schwarz Hall (SWRZ) 141
Hammond: Lawshe (LAWS) 318
Phone: 219-989-2323

Dr. Lisa Goodnight is the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement and Chief of Staff at Purdue University Northwest. In this role, she is responsible for Fundraising, Marketing and Communications and Alumni Engagement.

Accomplishments and Dedication

As a faculty member and administrator at Purdue Northwest for over 25 years, Goodnight has made exceptional contributions in teaching, scholarship and service.

Distinguishing her work in scholarship and teaching, she has been honored with multiple excellence in teaching awards. Among these are the 2007 Purdue Northwest Outstanding Teaching Award and her honorary selection as a Faculty Fellow in 2012.

Her extensive academic portfolio includes many peer-reviewed articles and conference presentations.

This is highlighted by her co-authorship of Communication: Embracing Difference (5th Edition Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group, 2020) and co-editorship of The Basic Communication Course Online: Scholarship and Application (Kendall Hunt, 2005).

As an administrator at Purdue Northwest, Goodnight served as Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Senior Dean of Students from 2013-2018. During this time, she led the Dean of Students Office, the Career Center, the Counseling Center, Equal Opportunity Programs, the Office of Disability Resources, and Campus Life. Under her guidance, these units developed student-centered policies and created student-first environments.

Her leadership established the recognition of Women’s History Month at the university. She is a committee member for the related events which celebrate women’s contributions to history, culture and society. She is the Chair of the University’s Intercollegiate Athletic Advisory Council.

Goodnight, an alumna of Purdue University Northwest, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication. She earned a Masters in Political Communication from Northern Illinois University and a Doctoral degree in Communication from Purdue University in West Lafayette.