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Changes to Purdue Board of Trustees

Purdue will have two new trustees next month and will need to elect a new chairman.

Governor Mike Pence is appointing Sonny Beck to the board along with new student trustee Kelsey Quin. He’s reappointing Don Thompson to a second term.

Beck received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Purdue and is president of Beck’s Superior Hybrids, a seed company in Atlanta, Indiana. He’s served as a member of the Purdue Ag Advisory Council, the Purdue University Executive Council, and Parents Council.

Beck gave $20,000 to Pence’s campaign for governor last year, while his company gave nearly $10,000. In 2007, he donated $20,000 to Mitch Daniels’ gubernatorial campaign.

Quin is a student in the College of Health and Human Science who served in Purdue Student Government. She was selected for the President’s leadership class and named Indiana’s Distinguished Young Woman in 2011.

Leaving the board are student trustee Miranda McCormack and current chairman Keith Krach. Krach will step down after the board’s July meeting. Trustees will elect a new chair and vice chair when they meet July 18th and 19th.

In a news release from the university, Krach says serving Purdue as a trustee has been one of the greatest privileges of his life.

"While it has been a difficult decision to leave a role I have loved so much, Purdue has incredible momentum and couldn't be in better hands. We have top-notch leadership on our board and a world-class president in Mitch Daniels," Krach said.