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Wednesday, October 23 • 8:30am - 9:30am
An Anchor University's Revitalization Model for Struggling Non-Profits: Incorporating Economic and Leadership Development Partners into the University Mission

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Purdue University Northwest is a Metropolitan University located in Northwest Indiana in the Chicagoland area. As an Anchor University, PNW plays an active role in regional economic development, health care, education reform, and community arts. As the University’s impact on the region has grown and evolved, PNW has found new synergies with several non-profits seeking to connect with the university’s expertise, best practices, and resources. Two organizations with a long-standing community presence in Northwest Indiana were the South Shore Leadership Center and the Society of Innovators. While sharing a common mission to build the community and meet the needs of the region, both struggled to maintain their vitality and financial sustainability. Concluding that the University could revitalize the organizations while gaining additional community-development capacity, PNW incorporated both groups into the University, renaming them the Leadership Institute at Purdue University Northwest and the Society of Innovators at Purdue University Northwest. Both organizations are now presided over by an Executive Director who reports directly to the Chancellor. Since incorporation, the organizations have undergone a major rebranding effort to clarify purpose and illustrate the positive connection to PNW. Both organizations have completed a strategic plan process which resulted in new organizational focus, an updated financial model and an expansion of programs designed to impact community growth and intentional economic development.

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Thomas Keon

Chancellor, Purdue University Northwest
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Sheila Matias

Executive Director, The Leadership Institute at Purdue Northwest; Society of Innovators at Purdue Northwest

Gary Johnson

Board Chair, Purdue University Northwest/Society of Innovators

Wednesday October 23, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am EDT
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