Regina Biddings-Muro, Ed.D., a 14-year administrator at Purdue University Northwest (PNW) and longtime regional leader, has been appointed vice president of University Advancement at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

“This is an outstanding opportunity for Regina to continue to advance her progressively successful career in higher education,” said Purdue Northwest Chancellor Thomas L. Keon. “Regina has proven herself to be the master of many skills and successes. This has made her a much sought after leader by many institutions. She has found the right fit to continue her career journey, and for that we should be pleased for her. As for PNW – as well as the Region – we truly have lost a gem.”

Biddings-Muro’s contributions to PNW will have a lasting impact. She has been vice chancellor of Institutional Advancement since 2012, after serving as chief of staff from 2004-2011. Under her leadership PNW has increased fundraising each year, and has had its strongest annual fundraising performance in the history of either campus during the current academic year.

Biddings-Muro’s higher education experience includes leadership of Alumni Affairs, Marketing and Communications, and Strategic University Events. She also has experience in corporate relations, legislative affairs and community engagement. In addition, she has a wealth of professional experience beyond higher education, including the natural gas and electric utility industry, steel manufacturing and commercial broadcasting.

Biddings-Muro, an East Chicago native and lifelong Northwest Indiana resident, earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communications from Purdue Northwest. She went on to earn a doctorate of Education in higher education and organizational change from Benedictine University.

Biddings-Muro’s extensive involvement and commitment to the Northwest Indiana community over the years includes service on the boards of Sojourner Truth House, Edgewater Health and Theatre at the Center, among many other organizations working to improve the quality of life, inclusivity, mentoring and opportunities for women and minorities in the region. She also serves as a lector and active member at SS Monica and Luke Catholic Church in Gary.

Keon noted that Biddings-Muro will be departing PNW by the end of June, and starting her new role Aug. 1.