William J. Lowe


President's Medal for Excellence (2020)
Retirement Event
Location: Gary, Indiana
Presenter: Michael A. McRobbie
Bicentennial Medal (2019)


William J. Lowe is chancellor and professor of history at Indiana University Northwest. Lowe earned a B.A. in history from Michigan State University, and Ph.D. in modern history from Trinity College, Dublin. Prior to his arrival at IUN in 2010, Lowe served as provost and professor of history at Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul, MN., and interim president from 2007-2008. Lowe has also held academic and administrative appointments at the College of St. Rose, Albany, NY; University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, MI; Chicago State University; State University of New York at Cortland, NY; and Lake Erie College, OH.

Lowe's research focuses on the field of modern Irish history. His book, The Irish in Mid-Victorian Lancashire: The Shaping of a Working Class Community, was published in 1989, and he has published articles in historical journals like Irish Historical Studies and the Irish Economic and Social History. In 1990, Lowe was named a Fulbright Scholar conducting research at Trinity College, Dublin.

William J. Lowe received the IU Bicentennial Medal in August 2019 in recognition of his distinguished contributions as chancellor of IU Northwest.