Calumet College of St. Joseph President Dr. Dan Lowery loves to teach.
So much so, that he plans to step down as president at the end of this school year to return to teaching.
“It occurred to me that if I ever wanted to get back to teaching I better do it pretty quick because the clock is ticking,” Dr. Lowery told the Shavings newspaper in an exclusive interview.
June 30th will be Dr. Lowery’s last day as CCSJ president, a position he has held for six years.
After a six-month sabbatical, Dr. Lowery will return as Professor Lowery in CCSJ’s General Education program.
“It’s a program that is near and dear to my heart. I think the heart and soul of what Calumet College is lies in our Gen Ed program,” Dr. Lowery said.
In January 2018, Dr. Lowery will be teaching Social Justice, Intro to Theology, Intro to Philosophy, and possibly more.
Other factors that pushed Dr. Lowery to step down as president is family. He’s not only college president, he is also a husband, father, grandfather, an active member of the community, a Catholic deacon and an adventurer.
“I love to travel. I’m looking forward to traveling once I step down,” Dr. Lowery said, who has been married for 42 years and has two children and five grandchildren.
When not at the college, Dr. Lowery is assigned as deacon to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Crown Point.
Being involved in so much Dr. Lowery said, “There is good busy and bad busy, and it’s all good busy.”
Before his career in higher education, Dr. Lowery worked with the federal government for 20 years.
His work at the college has been like a second career. This will be Dr. Lowery’s second term, ending a 6-year span and 11-year career with CCSJ administration.
Before his time as president, Dr. Lowery was Chief Academic officer and then Vice President for Academic Affairs.
In Dr. Lowery’s time at CCSJ, much of his work was behind the sense to most students such as professionalization of support areas within the college on the administrative side, movements toward student health care plans and dedication to accreditation.
Some things Cal College students should appreciate is in the growth of faculty under Dr. Lowery’s tenure.
Twenty-one faculty members have been contracted since his start ten years ago.
Dr. Lowery says the most valuable thing about these new faculty members is there increased dedication and caliber.
The most valuable aspect of these new staff members, according to President Lowery, is that “They have a collective understanding of their responsibility to the institution, it’s not just individual faculty members.”
Along with this dedicated and cohesive staff the school, Dr. Lowery has created a tutoring center, with a trained staff working with all student types. Also working toward more of an emphasis on student life such as housing and clubs.
Dr. Lowery believes that each president must lay the groundwork strong and stable so that whoever follows has footholds to continue the push forward.
In the future, Dr. Lowery hopes to see the foundation of housing built into a reality.
Campus housing is important to the university because it will ensure a healthy growth, Dr. Lowery said.
As far as who will replace Dr. Lowery, that will be deciding by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, the order of priests that run CCSJ.
“Our sponsoring committee is committed to our mission so no matter what direction we go. My guess is that we would be committed to providing educational opportunities for students who might not prosper at other institutions for any number of reasons,” Dr. Lowery said.
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