Caitlin Cotten

Manager of Recruitment and Student Success


Caitlin (she, her) is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication-Human Relations (2012) and Master of Science in Higher Education-Student Affairs (2019).  While an undergraduate, she was a featured vocalist for four years with the Purdue Jazz Band and Jazz Combo. In 2009, she completed the Disney College Program, making magic at the Emporium on Main Street, USA in the Magic Kingdom.  At Disney, Caitlin also completed courses in Marketing and Public Relations. Through her prior customer service work as a representative of Quinlan & Fabish Music Company, she coordinated with area school music directors to support participation by students and parents in local band and orchestra programs. Caitlin was honored to represent Purdue Bands & Orchestras as the 2012 Sudler Prize for the Arts award winner.

In her free time, Caitlin is writing her second novel and is active in the local arts community. She is a vocalist for Lafayette’s Big Swing Band and the Lafayette Citizens Band and performs regularly with Civic Theater of Greater Lafayette. Caitlin is a member of the Lafayette Writer’s Studio and serves as a member of the board for the Lafayette Citizens Band. She and her partner Caleb Benner, who she performed with in the Purdue Jazz Band, live in Lafayette with their fearsome cat Giselle.

Caitlin has been an Instructor of the Purdue Bands & Orchestras – Engineering Learning Community for FYE students since 2020.