INDOT's Cline selected as Purdue's VP for physical facilities

June 13, 2013  

Michael B. Cline

Michael B. Cline 
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University officials on Thursday (June 13) announced that Michael B. Cline, a Purdue civil engineering graduate, has been appointed as the university's vice president for physical facilities, effective July 1. Ted Weidner has been serving as interim vice president since the departure of Robert McMains on June 7.

"Mike is a proven leader and problem solver who has provided outstanding value and customer satisfaction in both the public and private sectors," said Al Diaz, executive vice president for business and finance, treasurer. "We look forward to the innovative thinking he can bring to Purdue as he returns to his alma mater in this role."

Cline has served as commissioner of the Indiana Department of Transportation since June 2010 and was deputy commissioner from 2006-2010. He previously served as project manager and transportation services manager for American Consulting Inc., an Indianapolis architectural and engineering firm.

The Purdue vice president for physical facilities is responsible for the operation, maintenance, planning and construction of campus lands and facilities on all four Purdue campuses and oversees nearly 1,000 employees. Purdue's West Lafayette campus has more than 380 buildings.

Cline is a 1988 Purdue civil engineering graduate and is a fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. As transportation commissioner, Cline oversaw a $1 billion road and bridge capital program and managed a 3,700-person agency with a $400 million annual operating budget. While deputy commissioner, his responsibilities included all maintenance and operations for six district offices and a $400 million capital program. His work resulted in operations cost savings of $70 million.

Cline's appointment is subject to ratification by the university's board of trustees.

Source: Al Diaz, 765-494-9705,

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