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December 17, 2012

Tippets appointed director of Foundations of Excellence

Jared Tippets, director of Student Success at Purdue, has been named director of Foundations of Excellence (FOE). In his new role, Tippets will lead implementation of recommendations included in the University's FOE report, which aims to help Purdue design an academic environment and student experience that will enhance first-year students' learning, competence, confidence and overall success.

The position reports to Dale Whittaker, vice provost for undergraduate academic affairs, and is a three-year appointment. Tippets will continue as director of Student Success at Purdue, which includes programs such as Boiler Gold Rush, Purdue Promise, Supplemental Instruction, and Learning Communities.

Foundations of Excellence, developed by the nonprofit John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, is a national initiative that seeks to help universities establish best practices for the first year as the key to overall college success. Purdue began the FoE process in August 2011 and issued its report in October 2012.

Before coming to Purdue in 2011, Tippets served as director of new student and parent programs at the University of Kentucky, where he received his doctorate. In that position, he led a reorganization of the university's welcome week as well as the parent association, and also helped launch a summer reading program.

From 2004-06 at the University of Kentucky, Tippets was assistant director of the office of student involvement. In that position, he led their leadership development office, student volunteer center, and registered student clubs and organizations.

Before that, he worked as director of the Leadership Residential College at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he was responsible for the leadership development of 120 students who lived there. He also worked in the office of community involvement at the University of Missouri, where he earned his master's degree. He received his bachelor's degree from Utah State University.

More of Purdue's Foundations of Excellence initiative may be found at www.purdue.edu/academicaffairs/foundations/index.html.