HAMMOND - Purdue University Northwest has named Lawrence Hamer dean of the College of Business. Hamer was previously with  DePaul University in Chicago, where he joined the faculty in 1996, received tenure in 2003 and was appointed professor of marketing in 2012.

He will step into his new role on July 1. 

“Dr. Hamer’s background and extensive experience in business and marketing made him a standout among a field of strong nationwide candidates,” said PNW Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost Ralph Mueller in a news release. “In collaboration with his College of Business colleagues, Lawrence will contribute to envisioning an exciting future for the College, as well as for PNW at-large. He brings with him in-depth knowledge of the Chicagoland area, including Northwest Indiana, which will lead to  strengthened partnerships with area businesses and industries.”

Hamer has also served as DePaul’s associate provost for Research and Integrity.

He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in marketing at Texas A&M University and a doctorate in marketing at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from Texas A&M.