Kenneth (Chris) Holford, Ph.D.

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Professor of Biology

Kenneth (Chris) Holford, Ph.D.


As PNW’s chief academic officer, Kenneth (Chris) Holford oversees PNW’s six colleges and the academic programs they offer.

Research Overview

Dr. Holford’s research examines the role that chemical pollutants have in disrupting normal endocrine function in freshwater invertebrates.

Teaching Focus

Dr. Holford enjoys using a combination of lecture and problem-based learning to provide students of all learning styles with opportunities to successful. His goal is the help students translate the information in class into employment or advanced training opportunities.

Kenneth (Chris) Holford, Ph.D.


(219) 989-2446

Office Location:

Hammond Campus, LAWS 346
Westville Campus, SWRZ 150


  • Ph.D. – Biology, Illinois State University
  • M.S. – Zoology, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
  • B.A. – Biology, Augustana College

Areas of Expertise

  • Crustacean Endocrinology
  • Cellular and Developmental Biology