Leadership Center Teams Up With Purdue Northwest

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The Valparaiso-based South Shore Leadership Center has announced a partnership with Purdue University Northwest. The organization says the collaboration aims to provide an expanded range of leadership programs and services for participants in the region.

Purdue Northwest Chancellor Thomas Keon says the programs developed through the partnership will enhance the economic, social and cultural well-being of residents in northwest Indiana. The affiliation officially begins on October 1.

"This partnership is a strong fit because the South Shore Leadership Center’s reach across the Northwest Indiana region closely matches the greatest area of impact of Purdue Northwest," said Keon. "Furthermore, PNW has a significant number of faculty members at our two campuses, located in Westville and Hammond, who have extensive expertise in numerous areas of leadership, making this relationship not only geographically but intellectually gratifying."

The SSLC will relocate its offices to facilities hosted by Purdue Northwest. The organization says its board of directors has been looking to partner with a local university in order to build on its Leadership Northwest Indiana and South Shore Leadership Youth for Community Engagement programs.

The SSLC has also named Harry Vande Velde president and chief executive officer. Vande Velde, a former president of the Legacy Foundation, officially began his new role September 15.

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