Benedictine selects William Law as new College of Science Dean

December 12, 2017

Lisle, Illinois ~ Benedictine University has chosen William (Bill) Law, Ph.D., as its next dean of the College of Science.

Law is a native of Philadelphia, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Biology at Augustana College in Rock Island, and a Ph.D. in Physiology at the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago. He was a senior research scientist at the Naval Medical Research Institute in Bethesda, and at the Hines and Westside VA Medical Centers in the Chicago area. Law has held progressive faculty positions at Loyola University Medical Center, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and most recently at Purdue University Northwest. His scholarship has focused on biophysical modelling of physiological systems with an emphasis on purinergic signaling. Law has authored more than 75 peer-reviewed publications, two book chapters and one patent.

He served as chair of Biological Sciences, and later as vice dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia from 2005 to 2012. He assumed responsibility as dean of the School of Engineering, Math and Sciences at Purdue University Calumet in 2012. Most recently, Law was asked to serve as the interim associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs to aid in the unification of Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central campuses to form Purdue Northwest.

Law’s administrative accomplishments include facilitating development and revision of undergraduate and graduate programming that include interdisciplinary programs in forensic science, health studies and leadership. He has championed venues for the voices of students and faculty, enabled support for faculty development opportunities and expanded outreach efforts with local industry and community stakeholders.

“Dr. Law is an accomplished administrator and scholar who will lead the College of Science in high-quality teaching, active learning and research,” said Benedictine University Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs James Payne, Ph.D.

Law, selected from a qualified group of national candidates, will join the Benedictine community on June 1, 2018.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has a branch campus in Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls more than 5,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the eighth consecutive year in 2018. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, or visit

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