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Laurel Weldon, Interim Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

Laurel Weldon, who received her bachelor's degree from Simon Fraser University in Canada, her master's from the University of British Columbia and doctoral degree from the University of Pittsburgh, came to Purdue's political science department in 1999. She has served as a political science professor and is the founding director of the Center for Research on Diversity and Inclusion. She chaired the Faculty Advisory Committee for the establishment of the Global Policy Research Institute and was chair of GPRI’s Faculty Leadership committee until last year. She was a University senator and served on the Educational Policy and Nominating committees. She also served on the Faculty Affairs Committee in the College of Liberal Arts.

Katie PopeKatie Pope, Managing Director, Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence

Katie Pope was named the first managing director for the Butler Center in 2010. She came to Purdue in 2006 to take the role of director of the Women’s Resource Office (WRO). Katie began working with the Butler Center in 2008, helping to launch the Center’s first campus event. In 2010, she coordinated the merger of the WRO with the Butler Center, to better serve Purdue through streamlined programming. She is responsible for the oversight of all Butler Center activities and programming, including the annual Conference for Pre-Tenure Women at Purdue and the Distinguished Women Scholars recognition event. Her professional background includes non-profit executive leadership, fundraising and resource development, and program management.

Ellen Ernst KossekEllen Ernst Kossek, Research Director, Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence and Basil S.Turner Distinguished Professor of Management at Purdue University's Krannert School of Management

Ellen Ernst Kossek was named as the Inaugural Research Director of the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence in January 2013. At the same time, she was appointed theBasil S. Turner Distinguished Professor of Management at Purdue University's Krannert School of Management. Dr. Kossek is also the Associate Director of the Center for Work-Family Stress, Safety, and Health (CWFSSH) of the U.S. National Institutes of Health. The CWFSSH is part of the Work, Family and Health Network, an interdisciplinary national research team collaborating to design and implement field studies that have the goal of reducing work-family conflict as a pathway to enhance employee and family health and organizational effectiveness. Prior to joining Purdue, Dr. Kossek was a University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University's School of Human Resources and Labor Relations. See Dr. Kossek’s full bio on our Research page.

Ileana Cortes Santiago, Graduate Assistant


Tammy Hoffman, Administrative Assistant