Vic Lechtenberg, PhD
On July 12, 2012, Purdue University announced that Victor L. Lechtenberg will serve as Acting Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost until January 2013 when Gov. Mitch Daniels becomes the 12th President of Purdue and Dr. Timothy D. Sands concludes his service as acting president of the university.
Prior to serving as Acting Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Dr. Lechtenberg was the Director of the Center for Regional Development at Purdue University. He served as Vice Provost for Engagement from 2004 to 2011, Interim Provost at Purdue from 2007 to 2008, and Interim Vice President for Governmental Relations from 2008 to 2009. Lechtenberg joined the Purdue faculty as a Professor of Agronomy in 1971 where he taught crop science and conducted research on forage and biomass crops until 1982. He served as Associate Director of Agricultural Research Programs, and as the Executive Associate Dean of Agriculture from 1982 to 1993, and was Dean of Agriculture from 1993 to 2004. Since 2004, as Vice Provost for Engagement, Lechtenberg led Purdue’s engagement and outreach efforts to governmental agencies, corporate leaders, schools and community leaders across Indiana and beyond.
Lechtenberg is a member of several academic, professional, and scholarly societies and has written nearly 200 technical papers, abstracts, and book chapters. He served 6 years as chair of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's national Agricultural Research, Extension, Education and Economics Advisory Board and is a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy and the Crop Science Society of America.
Lechtenberg is a native of Butte, Nebraska, where he grew up on a general livestock farm. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska and a doctorate from Purdue.