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Thomas Keon biography: 13 things about Hammond, Indiana man

Thomas L. Keon is a white man from Hammond, Indiana, United States. He has lived in different parts of Illinois, USA including Hammond, Chicago and Carbondale and in different parts of Florida, USA including Oviedo, Melbourne Beach and Cape Canaveral.

Keon previously lived in Jamison, Pennsylvania, USA. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA.
  2. He earned his master’s degree in philosophical foundations of education from Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts, his master’s degree in management from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts and his Ph.D. in management from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.
  3. From 1988 to 1990, he was the associate dean of graduate studies at the College of Business of the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, USA.
  4. From 1990 to 1994, he was the associate dean at the College of Business of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, USA.
  5. From 1995 to 1997, he was the dean at the College of Business and Administration of Southern Illinois University Carbondale in Carbondale.
  6. From 1997 to 2011, he was the dean of the College of Business Administration of the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida.
  7. From 2011 to 2015, he served as chancellor of Purdue University Calumet in Hammond.
  8. From 2014 to 2016, he successfully managed the merger of Purdue University Calumet and Purdue University North Central in Westville, Indiana.
  9. From 2015 to 2016, he served as chancellor-designate of Purdue University Northwest, which was formed by the unification of Purdue University Calumet and Purdue University North Central.
  10. In 2016, he became the first chancellor of Purdue University Northwest.
  11. In 2017, he led a coordinated effort resulting in a $35 million commitment by the state of Indiana to build a Bioscience Innovation Building at Purdue University Northwest. 
  12. On December 10, 2022, he said made-up words after taking the podium following a speech from a commencement speaker during the commencement ceremony at Purdue University Northwest. He explained, “That’s sort of my Asian version of his…”
  13. On December 14, 2022, he released a statement via Purdue University Northwest, apologizing for his racist comment on December 10, 2022. On December 16, 2022, the university’s Faculty Senate Executive Committee came to a unanimous decision demanding his resignation. He was 73 years old when the university announced on December 22, 2022 that its its board of trustees had formally reprimanded him.

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