As Purdue University Calumet in Hammond and Purdue University North Central in Westville work to consolidate the two campuses, the Purdue University board of trustees extended the contract for Purdue North Central Chancellor James Dworkin.
Purdue policy requires that university executives and staff in high policy-making positions retire by the end of the fiscal year in which they attain the age of 65. Dworkin will be 66 on July 8, and his contract would have required him to retire June 30. His contract has been extended by two years and he will work until June 30, 2016.
Dworkin, who came to PNC in January 2000, said Monday he is happy that his contract has been extended.
Dworkin has been working with Purdue Calumet Chancellor Thomas Keon and a unification committee on the consolidation of the two campuses. He said his goals over the next two years include executing an efficient and effective unification of the two campuses and continuing to seek funding and play a lead role in the construction of the new Student Services and Activities Complex on the PNC campus.
Keon began serving as Purdue University Calumet chancellor July 1, 2011. His contract includes no term length, said spokesman Wes Lukoshus. The Purdue board of trustees has yet to announce who will preside over the unified Purdue University Calumet and North Central campuses.
The two chancellors have invited the public to submit a name for the new unified campus. They tentatively expect to present an overview of the unification plan to the board of trustees Sept. 19. A tentative date for the unification process to be complete is July 1, 2016, though it may not include all academic programs and issues.
At its meeting last week, Purdue trustees approved the promotion of eight PNC faculty members. All promotions are effective with the start of the 2014-15 academic year.
Those promoted are Glynn E. Bricker, to associate professor of physics; E. Anne Christo-Baker, to associate professor of organizational behavior and leadership; Charlene C. Gyurko, to associate professor of nursing; Jerry Holt, to associate professor of English; Christabel L. Rogalin, to associate professor of sociology; Angela Schooley, to associate professor of nursing; Li Tan, to professor of electrical engineering.
The board granted promotions to nine Purdue University Calumet faculty members. Nicolae Tarfulea, of Hammond, was promoted to full professor of mathematics.
Additionally, the following were promoted to associate professor: Muhammad T. Anan, of Munster, electrical and computer engineering; Ge Jin, of Munster, computer information technology and graphics; Songtao Mo, of Munster, accounting; Margaret "Meg" E. Rincker, of Frankfort, Ill., political science; Lan Shen, of Munster, library science; Tanya S. Stabler, of Chicago, history; Kathryn A. Sweeney, of Chicago, sociology; and Michael I. Zimmer, of Oak Park, Ill., biological sciences.
The Purdue University board of trustees also ratified Purdue University Calumet faculty members Kuan-Chou Chen as the Thomas M. McDermott Sr. Professor in Economic Development and Cyril Pat Obi as the White Lodging Professor of Finance in Hospitality and Tourism Management.