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Former IPFW chancellor suing Purdue

Apr 2, 2013
IPFW

Purdue is facing legal action over alleged discrimination. Former IPFW chancellor Michael Wartell says he was forced to retire at the age of 65 according to university policy.

However, he claims his request for a waiver was denied because former Purdue President France Cordova  wanted to hire a woman to replace him. Vicky Carwein was hired as IPFW chancellor last summer. She was 64 years old at the time.

Purdue President France Cordova interview

Jul 12, 2012
Smithsonian Institution

WBAA's Mike Loizzo talks with Purdue President France Cordova about her five years leading the university and her future plans.

Purdue’s acting provost familiar with the job

Jul 12, 2012
Purdue University

A former interim provost at Purdue will be the university’s acting provost the next six months.

Vic Lechtenberg’s appointment is contingent on the board of trustee’s approval. However, Provost Tim Sands, who will serve as acting president until January, says Lechtenberg is the perfect choice.

"He's been in a lot of roles at Purdue. He knows Purdue. He knows the state extremely well. He's familiar with all of our colleges. He understands the land grant and research missions. Everybody knows him. So, I'm very fortunate he was willing to do that."

Purdue’s acting provost familiar with the job

Jul 12, 2012
Purdue University

A former interim provost at Purdue will be the university’s acting provost the next six months.

Vic Lechtenberg’s appointment is contingent on the board of trustee’s approval. However, Provost Tim Sands, who will serve as acting president until January, says Lechtenberg is the perfect choice.

"He's been in a lot of roles at Purdue. He knows Purdue. He knows the state extremely well. He's familiar with all of our colleges. He understands the land grant and research missions. Everybody knows him. So, I'm very fortunate he was willing to do that."

Purdue touts successful fundraising year

Jul 10, 2012

Purdue is reporting a nearly $300 million year of fundraising.

For the fiscal year that ended June 30th, Purdue raised $298.8 million. According to the university, that’s the second highest fundraising total in its history and 32% more than what was raised in the previous fiscal year.

The record for fundraising was during fiscal year 2003, which brought in almost $311.7 million during the “Campaign for Purdue” effort under President Martin Jischke.

Mitch Daniels selected as Purdue's 12th president

Jun 21, 2012
Indiana Governor's Office

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is officially the president-elect of Purdue University.

The Board of Trustees unanimously approved his appointment at a special meeting this morning.

Daniels will serve out the remainder of his term as governor before taking over as head of Purdue in January.

In the meantime, Provost Tim Sands will serve as the university's interim president.

A contract between Daniels and the university has not been finalized, instead the two have a memo of understanding. Daniels will serve at least five years as president.

Purdue president to be announced Thursday

Jun 19, 2012

The Board of Trustees is holding a special meeting Thursday morning to appoint a new president. It’s set for ten in Loeb Playhouse at Stewart Center.

Several media outlets are reporting Governor Mitch Daniels will get the job, however that is not being confirmed by the governor’s office or the university.

The search to replace current President France Córdova began last fall.

The process has been held behind closed doors, following input sessions from different constituent groups on campus.

Córdova ends her tenure the middle of next month.

Purdue's eleventh president joins her predecessors in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union.

The bust of France Cordova was unveiled Friday at a ceremony with the members of the Board of Trustees and other administrators on hand.

Chairman Keith Krach, Vice Chairman Tom Spurgeon, and John Hardin, who chaired the search committee that selected Cordova as president, spoke about her courage to be the first female president and other highlights of her tenure.

Cordova, first gentleman Christian Foster, and members of the board helped pull the black veil off the bust.

Cordova delivers 'Last Lecture'

Apr 25, 2012

Purdue’s president is starting to say goodbye to the university community.

France Cordova delivered her “Last Lecture” Tuesday night at Loeb Playhouse in Stewart Center.

She talked to a crowd of mostly students about her rise to the position and goals after she steps down in July.

Cordova believes she will leave the university in a better position than when she took over five years ago.

She says the most challenging part of her presidency was managing the school during the height of the economic recession.

Purdue is celebrating plans for two new buildings.

Lyles-Porter Hall will house the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, the Indiana University School of Medicine-Lafayette, and other health programs.

The $54-million facility will have an attached parking garage.

The $25-million Drug Discovery Building will house researchers from various areas of study to further the university’s pharmaceutical development efforts.

Both buildings will be located in the newly designated Life and Health Sciences Park on the south side of campus.

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