Purdue Northwest Names Two Deans

Posted: Updated:
Kenneth Holford and Elaine Carey (photos courtesy Purdue Northwest) Kenneth Holford and Elaine Carey (photos courtesy Purdue Northwest)

Purdue University Northwest has named leaders for two of its academic colleges. The new deans of the College of Engineering and Sciences and College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences will begin their roles July 1.

Kenneth Holford, who has recently served as interim dean of the College of Engineering and Sciences will now take on the role on a permanent basis. A professor of biology, Holford previously served as dean of the College of Science at Purdue University North Central before the merger with Purdue Calumet.

The university has also named Elaine Carey dean of the College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, which is Purdue Northwest's largest academic college. Carey currently serves as the chair of the Department of History at St. John's University in New York.

"Dr. Holford offers progressive, proven leadership experience, as well as knowledge and understanding of PNW, our transition from two independent regional campuses into one university, and our strategic quest to take advantage of a wide range of opportunities to increase academic excellence in extraordinary ways for our students," said Ralph Mueller, vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost at Purdue Northwest. "To lead PNW’s largest college of students, Dr. Carey brings the right mix of management and leadership experience, as well as a strong focus on community engagement. She is a widely-published historian who will support students and faculty members in their academic pursuits."

  • Perspectives

    • Overseas Outsourcing Can Create a World of Problems

      The internet broke down geographic barriers for businesses, making it possible to find lower-cost suppliers around the world. But if companies lack the knowledge and skills to manage those suppliers properly, they may end up spending far more than expected. We’ve worked with companies all over the globe to help our clients meet their advertising and marketing objectives while protecting their budgets. While most of those working relationships have been positive, we’ve had...


  • Most Popular Stories

    • Money magazine judges Fishers as 3rd best place to live in the U.S.

      Fishers Makes Top 10 List of 'Best Places to Live'

      Three communities in Indiana made the top 100 list of best places to live in the country, but only one made the top 10. Fishers was judged by Money magazine as the third best place to live in the United States, behind Clarksville, Tennessee and Round Rock, Texas.

    • New study reveals best place in Indiana for young families

      And the Best Place for Young Families Goes To...

      What do you look for in a community when deciding where to start a family and raise your children? There can be several factors to weigh in making a sound decision. Housing affordability. Unemployment rates. Quality of education. Mortage website Lendingtree.com has released the results of a study pointing to the best places for young families in Indiana.

    • ‘Potential’ Fueling Downtown Makeover in Fort Wayne

      As Fort Wayne prepares to christen its latest big downtown project, Mayor Tom Henry says there are no signs of transformational development slowing down in the state’s second largest city. The Landing, a $34 million downtown redevelopment project, is expected to officially open soon, one of an estimated 14 projects that Henry says can help Fort Wayne become a destination city. Since the opening of Parkview Field more than a decade ago, Henry says momentum has...

    • SupplyKick CEO to Run for Governor

      The chief executive officer of Indianapolis-based tech company SupplyKick has announced plans to run for the Democratic nomination for governor. Shelbyville native Josh Owens says he will focus on issues such as increasing teacher pay, along with accessibility and affordability of life-long learning for all Hoosiers.

    • 120WaterAudit Lands $7M in Funding

      Zionsville-based 120WaterAudit LLC has closed on a $7 million Series A round of funding. The company says it plans to use the funding to enhance its digital water cloud platform and expand sales and marketing efforts. The funding round was led by Indianapolis-based HG Ventures, with participation from Allos Ventures in Indy and California-based Greenhouse Capital Partners. 120WaterAudit's platform includes software and testing kits to help government agencies, public...