Purdue Calumet Student Affairs Vice Chancellor announces retirement

Purdue University Calumet’s Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, who has played a major role in the development of campus student housing, while advancing activities that have helped Purdue Calumet transition from a commuter campus to a regional university, has announced her retirement.

Melinda Dalgarn plans to leave Purdue Calumet June 30, 2011.

Melinda Dalgarn“I am particularly proud of the progress we—and I say ‘we’ very intentionally—have made in our ongoing efforts to create a vibrant community,” said Dalgarn, who has served Purdue Calumet since 2006. “It has been very gratifying to have played a role in establishing our Student Convocation and Spring Break-thru service learning activity. It also has been very rewarding to have participated in the development of the growth plans for housing, residential education and our athletic program.”

Purdue Calumet Chancellor Howard Cohen, who previously announced his plan to step down from his position June 30, praised Dalgarn for her role in nurturing campus student life.

“Dr. Dalgarn has demonstrated boundless passion and energy for her work of serving students and building campus community through the lasting and effective connections she and her units have established between students and the university,” he said. “As someone who has dedicated much of her life to serving college and university students, including having lived on college campuses for more than 35 years, Mindy has provided vast experience, wise counsel and inspiring persistence in advancing the Office of Student Affairs.”

Dalgarn also has championed development of a co-curricular transcript for students, a Boots to Books program for students who are military veterans, technological advances in Career Services, a student loan program and crisis intervention activities.