Thomas L. Keon

Chancellor, Purdue University Calumet

Thomas L. Keon

Dr. Thomas L. Keon began his appointment as the seventh campus leader in the history of Purdue University Calumet on July 1, 2011. During his installation address on March 20, 2012, Chancellor Keon spoke of a Purdue University Calumet that “creates new industries in Northwest Indiana, in addition to serving existing ones. We should not merely serve, but also dream boldly and push forward.”

Chancellor Keon’s leadership has focused on Purdue University Calumet advancing in four critical strategic areas: academic excellence, learning by engagement and discovery, inclusivity, and business and community partnerships. The results have been impressive, as Purdue University Calumet has seen 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).

Before arriving at Purdue University 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 bachelor’s, 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 moving to Northwest Indiana to become the Chancellor of Purdue University Calumet, Chancellor 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, and Northwest Indiana Forum.

Purdue University Calumet is a comprehensive, residential regional university of some 10,000 students within the internationally respected Purdue University system. Purdue Calumet’s 18-building, 167-acre neighborhood campus is located in the northwest Indiana city of Hammond, 25 miles southeast of downtown Chicago. Purdue Calumet offers baccalaureate and master’s degrees in dozens of fields of study, including traditional Purdue strengths of engineering; technologies; liberal arts; natural, behavioral and social sciences; and professional programs of nursing, management/business, education, and hospitality and tourism management.