Originally published in the Summer/Fall 2001 issue of the Purdue Calumet magazine
In becoming the fifth chief campus administrator in the history of Purdue University Calumet – succeeding Millard Gyte, Carl Elliott, Richard Combs and the recently retired James Yackel – Howard Cohen assumed his role as chancellor, July 2, with energy, vision and a passion for higher education. Previously the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay since 1996, he brings wide-ranging and results- oriented experience to Purdue Calumet. In the following Q&A interview, Chancellor Cohen shares his views on a wide range of subjects relating to Purdue University Calumet.
What was it about Purdue University Calumet that interested you, and what excites you about being its chancellor? Answer
What do you consider the primary strengths and assets of Purdue Calumet? Answer
Much has been discussed about leading Purdue Calumet to “the next level.” What is your vision of the next level for Purdue Calumet? Answer
How would you describe your concern for, involvement with and commitment to student success? Answer
What should universities do to foster student success? Answer
How do you plan to establish a strong relationship with Purdue Calumet alumni? Answer
Describe the partnership role you envision Purdue Calumet playing in outreach to northwest Indiana business, industry and other entities. Answer
How would you describe your leadership philosophy? Answer
In general, what do you believe to be the primary challenges facing higher education? Answer
What are your thoughts about public funding for Purdue Calumet, and how do you plan to work with local state legislators and the West Lafayette administration to encourage support? Answer
The topic of dormitories was discussed during your campus visit last spring. What are your thoughts about residential housing at Purdue Calumet? Answer
A key challenge facing regional/commuter universities such as ours is that of cultivating a sense of campus pride and involvement among students. What ideas do you have in that regard? Answer
What are your areas of academic interest and research? Answer
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