Purdue Trustees Honor Chancellor

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Pictured with Purdue Board of Trustees Chair Michael Berghoff (right), retiring Purdue University North Central Chancellor James Dworkin holds a Resolution of Appreciation he received from university trustees. Pictured with Purdue Board of Trustees Chair Michael Berghoff (right), retiring Purdue University North Central Chancellor James Dworkin holds a Resolution of Appreciation he received from university trustees.

The Purdue University Board of Trustees has honored the chancellor of the university's North Central campus. James Dworkin has served as chancellor for more than 16 years and will step down in June.

The board surprised Dworkin with a resolution of appreciation and authorizing the naming of the James B. Dworkin Student Services and Activities Complex on the North Central campus. The move is the result of the unification of the Purdue North Central and Purdue Calumet campuses into Purdue University Northwest. Dworkin will take a one-year sabbatical and then return to the West Lafayette campus as a professor in the Krannert School of Management. 

"There are few people as admired, accomplished and trusted as Jim," said Purdue President Mitch Daniels. "We are not only fortunate to have this opportunity to honor his past accomplishments, but also to celebrate the fact that he will continue his service to Purdue for years to come."

The 86,000 square-foot facility in Dworkin's name is scheduled to be completed next month.

"It a great opportunity to be able to name this facility in Jim’s honor, as he was instrumental in raising $3.7 million in gift funds that made its construction possible," said Michael Berghoff, chair of the Board of Trustees. "It’s also a fitting tribute that his name will live on at the North Central campus for his legacy of service to the campus and community and for his dedication in helping build Purdue Northwest to ensure its impact well into the future."

Dworkin began his career at Purdue in 1976 as a professor in the Krannert School of Management. He moved to Purdue University North Central in 2000, where he served as a faculty member, director of the Master of Science in Human Resource Management program, associate dean and acting dean.

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