Distinguished Women Scholars


This year, four Purdue alumnae will be recognized for their exceptional contributions to their fields and impressive leadership trajectories as 2015 Distinguished Women Scholars. The Office of the Provost and the Butler Center for Leadership Excellence will honor them on March 9th at 1:30 p.m. during an award ceremony to be held in the Anniversary Drawing Room of Purdue Memorial Union. This event is free and open to the public.

The 2015 awardees:

  • Dr. April Mason graduated from Purdue in 1984 with a Ph.D. in foods and nutrition. She is currently the provost and senior vice president at Kansas State University and a professor in the Department of Human Nutrition.
  • Dr. Renu Khator earned a Ph.D. in political science/public administration in 1985 and a master’s degree in political science in 1975, also from Purdue. She is the Chancellor and President of the University of Houston in Texas.
  • Dr. Lynn Bryan earned a Ph.D. in science education in 1997. She serves as a professor of science education with a joint appointment in the Departments of Physics and Curriculum and Instruction and is the Director of Purdue’s Center for Advancing the Teaching and Learning of STEM (CATALYST).
  • Dr. JoAnn Browning graduated in 1998 with a Ph.D. in civil engineering. She is currently the Dean of the College of Engineering and the David and Jennifer Spencer Distinguished Chair for the Dean of Engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

According to Alyssa Panitch, vice provost for faculty affairs, “These four women who epitomize the mission of the Butler Center serve as an inspiration to our campus community, and we are proud to celebrate their success.”

Newly appointed Susan Bulkeley Butler Chair for Leadership Excellence, Patrice M. Buzzanell, says “The 2015 Distinguished Women Scholars are incredibly inspiring role models for women and men in academe.  We are proud and honored to showcase their careers and look forward to their insights on how to integrate discovery, learning, and engagement to accomplish such impressive scholarly impact.”

2014 Distinguished Women Scholar Honorees

  • Carole Ames, Ph.D., Dean and Professor of Educational Psychology, College of Education, Michigan State University: Purdue Psychological Sciences Ph.D. 1976
  • Virginia Ayres, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Departments of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Michigan State UniversityPurdue Physics Ph.D. 1985
  • Gloria Muday, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biology, Wake Forest UniversityPurdue Biochemistry Ph.D. 1989
  • Kathryn Stecke, Ph.D., Ashbel Smith Professor of Operations Management, Naveen Jindal School of Management at the University of Texas at DallasPurdue Industrial Engineering Ph.D. 1981
  • Leslie Struble, Ph.D., Affiliate, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Purdue Civil Engineering Ph.D. 1987
  • Carolyn Perrucci, Ph.D., Head, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Purdue University:Purdue Sociology Ph.D. 1965

2013 Distinguished Women Scholar Honorees: Click here

2012 Distinguished Women Scholar Honorees: Click here

2011 Distinguished Women Scholar honorees: Click here


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