The chancellor-designate of Purdue University Northwest and chancellor of Purdue University Calumet has been recognized for his commitment to diversity and inclusion. Thomas Keon is one of 27 college and university leaders to receive INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine’s Giving Back Award.
Keon is the only leader from an Indiana university or college to receive the award. The Giving Back Award "recognizes leaders of higher education for going above and beyond their daily leadership duties to make a difference in the lives of underrepresented students, employees and community members."
"In preparing students for opportunities in a global society, colleges and universities have a responsibility to nurture a learning and working environment that espouses respect and understanding for all individuals," said Keon. "I take that responsibility seriously, which gives me great pride in being selected to receive this award."
Purdue Calumet says the university’s strategic plan, which was developed under Keon’s leadership, features inclusivity as one of its four cornerstones. All employees, including student workers, complete diversity and inclusion training within three months of their work start date.
"Chancellor Keon has diligently worked to create and maintain an educational environment that is free from harassment and discrimination for faculty, students and staff,” said PNW Calumet campus director of the office of equity and diversity Linda Knox. "His ability to put himself in the shoes of others and tactfully guide them on the path to success is a trait that not only makes him a socially responsible leader, but also an impactful leader."
Keon has served as chancellor of Purdue University Calumet since 2011. He was named chancellor of the newly-unified Purdue University Northwest in November.