Former NIPSCO exec joins Purdue NW to boost economic development



PNW press release

Longtime NIPSCO director of economic development Don Babcock will join the staff of Purdue Northwest Chancellor Thomas L. Keon part time as director of economic development and community relations. Babcock’s role will be to expand the university’s efforts around community and economic development in Northwest Indiana, especially La Porte and Porter counties.

“We are thrilled to bring Don’s extensive expertise and skill in economic development to PNW,” Keon said. “He has made incredible impacts on the region throughout his career at NIPSCO and has been a wonderful collaborator and friend of the university for many years. He is also a PNW alumnus and deeply understands the crucial role the university plays in regional community and economic development.”

Babcock retired from NIPSCO in 2020 after a long career driving initiatives focused on growing the northwest Indiana economy.

“It is an honor and a privilege to come to work for Chancellor Keon at my alma mater, Purdue Northwest,” Babcock said. “His leadership has made a positive impact on northwest Indiana and I am proud to join his team.”

PNW, with its Westville and Hammond campuses, has emerged as a hub for industry partnerships and high-quality undergraduate and graduate degree programs, several of which are nationally ranked, such as engineering and nursing. A new university strategic plan adopted in 2020 emphasizes the university’s mission to improve the quality of life and contribute to the growth of the regional economy in northwest Indiana.

Babcock will add capacity and depth as PNW works on programs and initiatives that contribute to the economic development of northwest Indiana communities, particularly in the eastern half of the region.

One Response to “Former NIPSCO exec joins Purdue NW to boost economic development”

  1. Jay Pouzar

    Apr 28. 2021

    As a Purdue Alum, congrats on joining the PNW family!

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