What is a Chancellor?

The original meaning of the word “Chancellor” is rooted in the 14th century and originally referred to a secretary to a nobleman or prince. In terms of higher education, the word “Chancellor” is defined by the dictionary as “ (1) a university president or (2) the chief executive officer in some state systems of higher (Merriam-Webster Dictionary).

In the Purdue University system, the President heads the university and reports directly to the Board of Trustees. At the various Purdue regional campuses, the chief executive officer is called the “ Chancellor.” The Chancellor reports directly to the President and their appointment is ratified by the Purdue University Board of Trustees.

The duties of the Chancellor are much like those of chief executive officers in other businesses. This individual is responsible for the overall management of the campus. In addition to the Chancellor there are three vice chancellors at Purdue North Central who report directly to the Chancellor and handle the day-to-day operation of the campus. These vice chancellors manage the following areas: Academic Affairs, Administration, and Enrollment Management & Student Services.

In 1967 when PNC moved to its current site in Westville, the individual in charge of the campus was called the “ Dean and Director.” The wording was changed in later years to reflect the meaning of Chancellor noted above. At that time, the change in title was made for all Purdue regional campuses.