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Iowa State’s Mukerjea Joins Purdue as Strategic Planning Director

Rabindra Narayan Mukerjea, assistant to the president for budget planning and analysis at Iowa State University, became Purdue University's director of strategic planning and assessment March 1, 2001.

''Rab Mukerjea (pronounced MOO-ker-jay) will be an essential member of my team,'' said Purdue President Martin C. Jischke. ''He worked very closely with me at Iowa State and was a major factor in the success we had there. His leadership skills and vision match Purdue's challenges and opportunities. His talents and experience in strategic planning will help us engage the great work ahead.''

As director of strategic planning and assessment, Mukerjea will help establish the priorities and plans that guide the university's academic and financial operations and budgeting, Jischke said. Mukerjea will help shape a strategic plan for Purdue as chair of the new university planning council and will participate in several campus strategic planning committees.

Mukerjea's duties include assisting university leaders – the president, provost, vice presidents, chancellors and academic deans – with campus resource management plans that cross all schools and functions to encompass the entire university. In addition, he will establish a strategic assessment system to monitor and help set future planning efforts. The new director reports to the president and serves as a member of the President's Cabinet.

Mukerjea holds a master's of applied science in systems design from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and a bachelor's of architecture from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, India.

After working as an architect in Calcutta, India, and then as a member of an architectural design team in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Mukerjea served as a lecturer in the School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo.

Mukerjea joined Iowa State University as an assistant professor of architecture in 1971. He became a professor of architecture in 1982 and served as the interim dean in the College of Design twice. He served as associate dean for academic and student affairs in the College of Design from 1983 to 1995 when Jischke, then president at Iowa State, appointed him as his assistant.


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