April 21, 2017

Trustees approve several actions in meeting on Fort Wayne campus

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue University’s Board of Trustees on Friday (April 21) met on the Fort Wayne campus and approved several items that included the purchase of equipment for the Wade Utility Plant, a land transfer to the city of West Lafayette, a doctoral degree at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, resolutions of appreciation to friends of the university, and two posthumous degrees.

Trustees approved engaging with General Electric International Inc. in Noblesville, Indiana, to design, manufacture and install a replacement turbine generator rotor at the West Lafayette campus Wade Utility Plant for an estimated cost of nearly $3.4 million. The current turbine generator provides campus with low-cost electrical power and, along with the installed rotor, has been in continuous operation since 1965. The work will be funded through university utility infrastructure reserve funds.

Trustees gave authority to transfer roughly 1.8 acres to the city of West Lafayette for a Cherry Lane extension to create a connection to U.S. 231. When complete, the extension will improve traffic circulation in the northern portion of West Lafayette and campus. The land is located along Cherry Lane near U.S. 231 and McCormick Road. The transfer of land, valued at approximately $67,000, is a component of the West Lafayette-Purdue annexation agreement and complements the State Street Redevelopment Project.

Board members also approved a proposal at IUPUI to transition its current cooperative agreement for participation in the electrical and computer engineering doctoral program in Purdue’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering to an IUPUI site-approved program. Under the current agreement, IUPUI doctoral students must take at least half of their courses and all dissertation credits on the West Lafayette campus, and all degrees are awarded by the West Lafayette campus. The new plan calls for the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI to enhance the delivery of doctoral degrees by having the program housed on its campus.

Resolutions of appreciation were approved for friends of the university who have contributed $1 million or more to Purdue. Those honored are Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation (Purdue Polytechnic High School Indianapolis) and anonymous (College of Engineering).

Posthumous degrees were awarded to Hayden Wayne Vint and Joseph M. Wolter. Vint, who was a student in the College of Agriculture on the West Lafayette campus, was awarded a posthumous bachelor’s degree, while Wolter, who was a student at the Fort Wayne campus, was awarded a posthumous Master of Arts degree.

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