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1st major move in Purdue merger

Updated: March 17, 2014 8:20PM



The two Purdue University campuses in Northwest Indiana on Monday marked the first step toward their planned administrative merger upon announcement that Stephen R. Turner will become vice chancellor for finance and administration for both campuses, effective April 1.

On Feb. 26, Purdue officials announced plans to merge administrative and academic functions at one central office to save money. A more detailed plan is expected to be released, but Purdue North Central Chancellor James Dworkin has said one chancellor may oversee both campuses and a similar situation could occur at the vice chancellor level.

Turner has been vice chancellor for administration at Purdue University North Central for five years and has worked at PNC since 1998.

Purdue University Calumet Assistant Vice Chancellor for Advancement Wes Lukoshus said PUC’s vice chancellor of finance and administration, Ken Johnston, retired at the end of February. Lukoshus said Turner will likely have office space at both campuses while the plan is being worked out.

“As we begin our unification process, it made perfect sense to ask Steve to take on the responsibility of vice chancellor for finance and administration for both campuses,” Dworkin said.

Turner will serve as chief financial and administrative officer of both campuses, in charge of about 1,500 employees and combined budgets of $177 million.



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