Thomas L. Keon
Chancellor, Purdue University Calumet
Chancellor-Designate, Purdue University Northwest (7/2016)
Dr. Thomas L. Keon has served the Purdue University system since July 1, 2011 as Chancellor of Purdue University Calumet. He also is Chancellor-Designate of the emerging Purdue University Northwest, a unification of Purdue Calumet of Hammond, Ind. and Purdue University North Central of nearby Westville, Ind. Pending approval by the Higher Learning Commission, the 15,000+-student Purdue University Northwest will begin operation with the start of the 2016-17 academic year as Indiana’s fifth largest public university.
While leading Purdue Calumet, Dr. Keon has focused on advancing four critical strategic areas: academic excellence, learning by engagement and discovery, inclusivity, and business and community partnerships. The results have been impressive, as Purdue Calumet has experienced improvements in the academic credentials of its entering students, higher retention rates, expansion of its business and community partnerships, and other notable improvements.
Dr. Keon holds a baccalaureate degree in accounting (Bentley University), master’s in education (Suffolk University), MBA (Babson College) and doctorate in management (Michigan State University).
Prior to coming to Purdue Calumet, Dr. Keon spent 14 years as dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Central Florida (1997-2011), where he was responsible for all personnel, including 150 full-time faculty members, budgets up to $31 million, 9,100 students and academic programs at the baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels at a university of more than 55,000 students.
During his 35+-year career in higher education, he has been dean of the College of Business and Administration at Southern Illinois University (1995-97), associate dean of the College of Business at Florida Atlantic University (1990-94), associate dean of the College of Business and Public Administration at the University of Missouri in Columbia (1989-90), director of graduate studies in the School of Business at the University of Missouri (1988-90) and chair of the University of Missouri’s Department of Management (1988-89). Additionally, he has taught at the University of Notre Dame, Michigan State University and Southern Vermont College.
Since arriving in Northwest Indiana, Dr. Keon has been a pillar of the community, taking leadership roles in influential organizations such as One Region, the Northwest Indiana Urban League, Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, Northwest Indiana Forum, and most recently, he has joined the Boards of Lake Area United Way and the Alliance for Regional Development.
Purdue University Calumet is a comprehensive, residential regional university of more than 9,000 students within the internationally respected Purdue University system. Purdue Calumet’s 172-acre neighborhood campus is located in the northwest Indiana city of Hammond, 25 miles southeast of downtown Chicago.
Once unification is complete, Purdue University Northwest will offer more than 50 degree programs at the baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels on two culturally diverse, student-centered campuses. Students from 46 countries and 37 states attend the Purdue Northwest campuses. Purdue Northwest’s larger scale will enable investment in educational quality and student success, and will establish an extraordinary Purdue presence in Northwest Indiana that best serves students, families, business, industry and economic development.