Dr. William J. Lowe
Chancellor, Indiana University Northwest
William J. Lowe became Chancellor and Professor of History at Indiana University Northwest in July 2010. Prior to coming to Northwest Indiana, Dr. Lowe was Provost and Professor of History at Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul, Minn., where he also served as Interim President during the 2007-2008 academic year.
He holds the degrees of B.A. in History from Michigan State University and Ph.D. in Modern History from Trinity College, Dublin.Dr. Lowe’s research and writing arein the field of modern Irish history and he was a Fulbright Scholar.
Dr. Lowe’s active leadership and commitment to the IU Northwest campus and the greater Northwest Indiana region have contributed to significant campus milestones, includingan all-time enrollment high of nearly 6,400 studentsexperienced during the fall 2013 semester,the campus’s sixth consecutive year of increased enrollment.
Approval of a new $45 million academic building achievesanimportant campus priority. The building, set to open in the summer of 2016, will serve the educational needs of both IU Northwest and Ivy Tech-Northwest students, strengthening the partnership between the two institutions and enhancing the transfer-student pathway.
In 2012, the IU School of Medicine-Northwest located on the IU Northwest campus, expanded to a four-year MD program. The medical school, the only one in Northwest Indiana, actively involves medical students and IU Northwest undergraduates in research and local healthcare needs.
As one of Northwest Indiana’s anchors, Dr. Lowe has redoubled the campus’s strategic commitment to community-based engagement. During the 2012-2013 academic year, an estimated 2,100 students contributed more than 126,000 service hours, demonstrated through course work and projects that were integral to the academic experience.
Dr. Lowe’s involvement in the Northwest Indiana community reflects IU Northwest’s commitment to the future of the region. He co-chairs One Region and is a member of the boards of the Urban League of Northwest Indiana, South Shore Arts, Lakeshore Public Media andIndiana Campus Compact.
Dr. Lowe has also served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at The College of Saint Rose, Albany, N.Y.; Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Detroit; and Dean of Graduate Studies at Chicago State University. His career includes administrative appointments at State University of New York at Cortland and Lake Erie College, Ohio.
His recreational activities include daily exercise, reading (history, fiction and The Guardian Weekly), independent cinema and travel. Dr. Lowe resides in Crown Point with his wife Pamela, a development consultant for not-for-profit organizations and a community volunteer who has served as Senior Director of Major and Special Gifts for the Minnesota Zoo Foundation and Director of Development at the University of Minnesota Foundation.