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Director, Purdue Center for Regional Development (002675-2012)

Purdue University is seeking a visionary and dynamic leader for its Center for Regional Development. Founded in 1869, Purdue is Indiana’s land-grant University and is one of the nation’s leading research universities. Purdue has a statewide presence, with several regional campuses, Extension offices in all 92 counties, and a West Lafayette campus enrollment of nearly 40,000. The University has a diverse faculty and one of the largest international student enrollments in the nation. The West Lafayette campus is located 65 miles north of Indianapolis and 120 miles south of Chicago.

Emerging economic development theory and practice relies heavily on collaboration skills, human assets, and networks that leverage a broad array of regional resources. Research universities play a central role in these emerging regional networks. Purdue’s Center for Regional Development was formed in 2006 to advance economic and community development by leveraging Purdue’s assets in developing robust, collaborative civic economies; data analysis and interpretation; business technical assistance; and professional education. PCRD’s programs are highly leveraged financially and rely largely on funds from grants and contracts and from clients and customers.

Qualifications: Qualified candidates will have an academic and/or professional record suitable for tenure as a professor and have demonstrated excellence as a leader in an academic or other related professional enterprise. Qualified candidates will be able to articulate and advance the goals and programs of the Purdue Center for Regional Development, understand and acknowledge the value of resource partnerships both within and external to the university, be sensitive to all constituencies served by the University, and demonstrate a commitment to a global perspective in carrying out PCRD’s mission.

Responsibilities: The Director reports to the Associate Vice President for Engagement and is responsible for providing vision and leadership to PCRD. The Director serves on the University’s Engagement Council and works with faculty, college and school Deans, and community and organization leaders to provide responsive, high quality assistance to communities and regions throughout Indiana and beyond. The Director is the key administrator responsible for linking PCRD with Cooperative Extension and other Purdue programs statewide.

Applications: Applications or nominations should be sent to: Dr. V. L. Lechtenberg, Chair, PCRD Search Committee, Purdue University, Gerald D. and Edna E. Mann Hall, Suite 266, Martin Jischke Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907-1971; e-mail: vll@purdue.edu. Screening will begin August 20, 2012 and continue until the position is filled. A background check will be required for employment in this position.

Purdue University is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action Employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.