The role of Purdue University Calumet Vice Chancellor of Information Services Sarah E. Howard has been expanded to include I.S. oversight at Purdue University North Central.
Effective immediately, Howard becomes the fifth administrator to assume responsibilities at both campuses since the Feb. 26 announcement of intentions to unify Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central. A goal of the unification process is to enable a stronger Purdue presence in northwest Indiana by combining and streamlining inter-campus administrative functions and reinvesting saved resources in academic programs and faculty.
“Dr. Howard has exhibited excellent management, change management and leadership skills throughout her career, and especially during her Purdue Calumet tenure,” Purdue Calumet Chancellor Thomas L. Keon said. “She will work with Information Services teams on both campuses to enhance operations and user experiences.”
Purdue North Central Chancellor James B. Dworkin added, “We welcome Dr. Howard to the Purdue North Central campus community. She has an impressive background in higher education, and her knowledge and expertise make her a tremendous asset as Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central move forward. We look forward to working with her.”
Campuses Will Work Together
Howard has headed Purdue Calumet Information Services the past year, appointed first as Interim Vice Chancellor, then named to the permanent Vice Chancellor position last January. She also served briefly as Interim Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs and Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs for one and one-half years.
“This is an opportunity for our two campuses to work together at the technological infrastructure level to provide the necessary support for us to transition in becoming one unified university,” she said.
Howard came to Purdue Calumet in 2001 as Assistant Dean of Students. She was promoted to Dean of Students and Assistant Vice Chancellor of Campus Life in 2006.
A former resident of Chicago, Howard holds a baccalaureate degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a master’s degree from DePaul University and a doctorate from National Louis University, Chicago.