HAMMOND | Purdue University Calumet Chancellor Thomas L. Keon recently was honored by the University of Central Florida’s College of Business Administration in conjunction with its 50th anniversary celebration.
Keon was among a group of 50 individuals and organizations credited with having shaped and advanced the College over its five-decade existence. More specifically, he was recognized for his contributions to scholarship and research.
Before coming to Purdue Calumet in 2011, Keon served as dean of UCF’s College of Business Administration for 14 years. In that role, he raised more than $35 million in gifts and commitments and added more than $24 million to the College endowment. He also managed a $31 million budget; baccalaureate, master and doctoral degree programs for 9,100 students; and furthered a School-wide commitment of scholarship.
“During my years there, I was extremely pleased that the College of Business Administration moved forward in becoming a research institution,” Keon said. “By doing so, the quality of scholarship was improved through the hiring of top flight senior and junior faculty scholars.”
Also particularly satisfying about the recognition event, he said, is that “95 percent of the alumni who also were honored are individuals I introduced to the College.”