Prior to Installation, Consultant Jeff Johnson will facilitate a ‘campus and community conversation’ with key university and community experts


The installation of Dr. William J. Lowe as the sixth Chancellor of Indiana University Northwest will be held on Friday, Oct. 29. The Chancellor’s installation theme will focus on a renewed partnership between IU Northwest and the greater community.

Dr. Lowe joined IU Northwest as the campus’s sixth Chancellor and 12th chief administrator on July 1, 2010, succeeding Dr. Bruce Bergland. Lowe came to IU Northwest from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minn., where he had served as provost and vice president for academic affairs since 2003. He served as interim president of that university from 2007-2008 and was also a professor of history.

Prior to the formal installation, Chancellor Lowe and the university will host a special public event, “IU Northwest and Community-Based Engagement: Building Our Future Together.” This “campus and community conversation” will be led by facilitator and consultant Jeff Johnson. The program will focus on ways that IU Northwest, the City of Gary and the Northwest Indiana region can foster greater partnership and collaboration for the benefit of all.


Friday, Oct. 29:

  • Campus and Community Conversations starts at 1 p.m.
  • Formal Installation starts at 3:30 p.m.


IU Northwest

3400 Broadway

Gary, IN 46408

  • Campus and Community Conversations will take place in Savannah’s Bergland Auditorium
  • Formal Installation will take place in the Savannah Center


There will be several interview and photo opportunities available. We request any interviews with Chancellor Lowe to be coordinated prior to the Installation, as his time will be limited on the day of the events.


The “campus and community conversation” will be specifically tailored to four core areas of discussion: Economic Impact; Environment; Educational Access and Advancement; and Arts and Cultural Enrichment.

Serving as facilitator, Jeff Johnson, of the Jeff Johnson Institute, will open up each topic and then allow both the IU Northwest and community representative to further address and discuss their designated area of expertise. The experts are:

Economic Impact

  • Subir Bandyopadhyay, Ph.D. – IU Northwest School of Business and Economics
  • Linda Woloshansky – The Center of Workforce Innovations


  • Ellen Szarleta, J.D., Ph.D. – IU Northwest School of Public and Environmental Affai
  • Dorreen Carey – City of Gary Department Environmental Affairs

Educational Access and Advancement

  • Rochelle Brock, Ph.D. – IU Northwest School of Education and the Urban Teacher Education Program
  • Sharon Johnson-Shirley, Ph.D. – Lake Ridge Schools

Arts and Cultural Enrichment

  • Lori Montalbano, Ph.D. – IU Northwest Department of Communication and Performing Arts
  • Larry Brewer – South Shore Dance Alliance at the South Shore Centre for the Arts

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