JUNE 10, 2022 | MINUTES 

A stated meeting of the Purdue University Board of Trustees convened on Friday, June 10, 2022, at 11:21 a.m. in Room 326 of Stewart Center on the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. The meeting recessed at 12:00 p.m. and reconvened at 1:20 p.m.

Trustees present: Michael Berghoff, chairman; Sonny Beck; JoAnn Brouillette; Theresa Carter; Vanessa Castagna; Malcolm DeKryger; Mark Gee; Michael Klipsch; and Gary Lehman, vice chairman. Don Thompson participated via conference call.

Officers and administrators in attendance were: Mitch Daniels, president; Jay Akridge, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity; Chris Ruhl, chief financial officer and treasurer; Steve Schultz, general counsel; Janice Indrutz, corporate secretary and senior executive assistant to the Board; and Ron Elsenbaumer, chancellor, Purdue Fort Wayne.


Chairman Berghoff called the meeting to order and noted trustees in attendance. He stated that, before the regular meeting gets underway, he had invited some guests to give a special presentation that had not been included on the agenda. He asked Eric Dietz, Professor of Computer and Information Technology and Director of the Purdue Military Research Institute (PMRI) and the Purdue Homeland Security Institute, and Joe Pekny, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Director of Purdue Deliberate Innovation, to provide the board with an update on their activities to strengthen the University’s ties to the U.S. military. Professors Dietz and Pekny walked the board through the history and purpose of the Deliberate Innovation project. They described how the overarching program goal is to refresh and build new relationships with the U.S. military across major degree programs at the University through faculty exchanges and graduate and undergraduate students with military service connections. They explained that PMRI’s ultimate objective is to enhance national security through university education and research. Professors Dietz and Pekny took a number of questions from the board, which expressed their compliments and appreciation for the innovative approach and public service orientation of this project.


The Academic and Student Affairs Committee, Finance Committee, and Physical Facilities Committee all convened public meetings immediately prior to this Stated Meeting. Chairman Berghoff read the list of items on which the Committees voted to recommend full Board approval, which composed the unanimous consent agenda along with other routine items, as follows:

  • Minutes of the Stated Meetings convened on February 4, 2022 and April 8, 2022;
  • Minutes of Executive Sessions convened February 3, 2022 and April 7, 2022;
  • Minutes of an Executive Committee meeting convened on March 15, 2022;
  • (WL) Approval to award Posthumous Degrees to John Zachary Linzey and Elif Ilkel;
  • (WL) Ratification of Dr. Irith Pomeranz as the Cadence Professor in the Elmore Family School of Electrical and Computer Engineering;
  • (WL) Ratification of Dr. Dan Jiao as the Synopsys Professor in the Elmore Family School of Electrical and Computer Engineering;
  • (WL) Approval to name the Jeannie and Jim Chaney Deanship in the College of Pharmacy and ratification of Dr. Eric Barker as the Jeannie and Jim Chaney Dean of Pharmacy;
  • (WL) Approval to establish the William D. Young Institute for Advanced Manufacturing of Pharmaceuticals;
  • (WL) Approval to exchange parcels with the Purdue Research Foundation in the Discovery Park District;
  • (WL) Approval to Request Purdue Research Foundation Assistance with Acquisition of Aspire at Discovery Park;
  • (SW) Approval of FY 23 budget;
  • (PNW) Approval of contract in excess of $2,000,000 with One to One Health for the Purdue Northwest onsite clinic on the Hammond Campus;
  • (SW) Approval of conflict-of-interest disclosures and
  • (SW) Approval of exceptions to the nepotism policy

Chairman Berghoff asked if any of the Board members wished to have an item removed from the consent agenda for further discussion. Hearing no such request, and upon proper motion duly made and seconded, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve the unanimous consent agenda. All supporting materials were filed with the minutes.


President Daniels profiled the gifts of $1,000,000 or more which the university had received since the Board’s Stated Meeting on April 8, 2022. He noted the terrific momentum that the development team has continued to build. The donors of these gifts were recognized in the following Resolution of Appreciation:

WHEREAS, the following friends of Purdue University have generously contributed $1,000,000 or more to move Purdue to greater excellence and preeminence; and

WHEREAS, the University wishes to acknowledge the significance of these gifts to new directions, advancements, and momentum in Purdue’s history, progress, and future;


1. That the University and the Trustees are grateful to these individuals for their leadership and support of Purdue University; and

2. That this resolution be spread upon the minutes of the Board of Trustees as part of the permanent record of the University.

FRIENDS: Irene and Brian Binash, to support University Initiatives; Beth Brooke, to support the Krannert School of Management, LGBTQ Center, and Intercollegiate Athletics; Jean Anne and James Chaney, to support the College of Pharmacy; James and Carol Cure, to support the Lyles School of Civil Engineering, John Purdue Club, Purdue Polytechnic High School, and University Residences; Barbara Duckworth, to support the School of Mechanical Engineering; Brian and Ashley Ford, to support the John Purdue Club and College of Engineering; Jack Garrigues, to support the College of Veterinary Medicine; Terry and Lynda Manon, to support the School of Mechanical Engineering; Mark Phillips, to support Purdue Bands & Orchestras; Doraiswami and Geetha Ramkrishna, to support the Davidson School of Chemical Engineering; Drusilla and Thomas (posthumously) Sawyer, to support the College of Veterinary Medicine; Walther Cancer Foundation, to support the Purdue Center for Cancer Research; Lisa and Brian Yohler, to support the College of Veterinary Medicine; Anonymous, to support the College of Veterinary Medicine; Anonymous, to support the College of Science; and Anonymous, to support the Davidson School of Chemical Engineering.

Upon proper motion duly made and seconded, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve the resolution. Supporting materials and a formal copy of the resolution were filed with the minutes.


President Daniels began his report with brief introductory comments, noting that Matt Folk, who serves both as president and CEO of Purdue for Life Foundation and also as Purdue’s vice president for University Development and Alumni Engagement, and Greg Kapp, who serves as vice president of development for Purdue for Life Foundation, have done a spectacular job bringing to fruition the long hoped-for vision of Purdue for Life. He shared that there has been not only tremendous progress in rolling out the model since Purdue for Life’s launch last year, but escalating success as well. President Daniels noted that, as the name connotes, we want to offer young people not just four years of a great education, but also a lifetime of association with Purdue and personal growth. He stated that a lot of success is due to greater engagement with our alumni.

In presenting the annual fundraising report, Matt Folk noted that 2022 was the first full fiscal year for Purdue for Life during which the enterprise functioned as an integrated advancement model. He shared that Purdue set a new record at $540 million of net production in all commitments, including gifts, pledges, planned and gifts, for the year. He noted that the numbers were achieved without having all the expenses associated with campaigns. Mr. Folk shared that philanthropic cash this year was the second highest ever and noted that student support is at an all-time high at $150 million. He shared the Purdue Day of Giving resulted in a record $68 million in gifts. Matt presented some data placing the performance of Purdue for Life Foundation in comparison with peer institutions. He shared they are working to target ways to overcome some fundraising and giving trends. As an example, he noted one statistic that nearly half of millennial millionaires have 25% of their wealth in cryptocurrencies. He conveyed the Purdue for Life Goals as follows: (1) to do what is best for the advancement of Purdue University as a whole; (2) to provide a lifetime of Growth, Learning and Value; and (3) to help alumni, family, fans, and friends stay connected, get involved and give back. President Daniels thanked Mr. Folk for the presentation. Copies of President Daniels’ report and Mr. Folk’s presentation and supplemental materials were filed with the minutes.


Provost Akridge respectfully requested approval to appoint Dr. Linda Lee as the Distinguished Professor of Agronomy in the College of Agriculture. He informed the Board that Dr. Lee is a highly regarded environmental chemist, who has made significant contributions to our understanding of the mobility and persistence of perfluoroalkyl compounds (PFAS), hormones, pesticides, and antibiotics in the environment. She has developed innovative mathematical and chemical models to predict the mobility of these compounds in agricultural soils and, most recently, has applied these models to help us better understand the fate and transport of fluorine-containing organic chemicals. Importantly, she has translated her basic research to applications in remediation of soils, sediments, and groundwater. Among other professional accomplishments, she's published more than 130 peer reviewed papers, is a Fellow in two professional societies, holds two patents related to environmental remediation technologies, and is a member of EPA Science Advisory Board on Biosolids. Provost Akridge relayed a particular testimonial about Dr. Lee’s stellar professional reputation from the Director of the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Florida, which concluded by stating that her accomplishments “demonstrate Dr. Lee’s reputation as a top leader in the field of environmental chemistry.” Trustee DeKryger commented to reiterate the high regard with which Dr. Lee is held among scholars and students in the Agronomy Department. Upon proper motion duly made and seconded, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to ratify Dr. Linda Lee’s appointment as the Distinguished Professor of Agronomy in the College of Agriculture. Supporting materials were filed with the minutes.

In remarks of appreciation, Dr. Lee stated that she has stayed at Purdue all this time because there are such thin walls between colleges and departments, which facilitate innovative research and teaching collaborations perhaps better than anywhere else in higher education. She thanked the board for the honor and stated she is really happy to be a Boilermaker.


Chairman Berghoff noted that, despite the fact that Dr. Ramirez was not able to attend the meeting due to his medical duties, the Board wished to recognize him with a Resolution of Appreciation for his service as the Chief Medical Officer for the Protect Purdue initiative during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this role, Dr. Ramirez had not only been integral to work of the medical advisory team, but he had also been the central point of contact for dealing with parents, students and public health officials alike in the effort to make sure best practices were being followed and Purdue stakeholders were kept informed on the latest developments related to the pandemic. For his efforts to help keep this community safe and for other contributions described in the resolution, this recognition of Dr. Ramirez will now be included as a permanent record in the history of Purdue. Upon proper motion duly made and seconded, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve the following Resolution of Appreciation for Dr. Esteban F. Ramirez, a formal copy of which was filed with the minutes:

WHEREAS, Dr. Esteban Ramirez served Purdue University tirelessly as chief medical officer for the Protect Purdue Health Center, the dedicated main point of contact during the global pandemic for COVID-19 clinical care on the West Lafayette campus, from 2020 to 2022; and

WHEREAS, under Dr. Ramirez’s leadership, the persistence and perseverance of the campus community of over 60,000 individuals allowed Purdue to operate as safely, openly and actively as any university in the country while closely monitoring the science and local conditions; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Ramirez helped shape a communitywide mindset and a caring campus culture through his compassionate approach in communicating the importance of our collective pledge to Protect Purdue in an increasingly dynamic public health emergency; and

WHEREAS, the campus community became more than 90 percent vaccinated and reached an overall immunity exceeding 92 percent; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Ramirez serves as a primary care provider for Purdue University’s Center for Healthy Living and is an adjunct clinical associate professor of medicine at the IU School of Medicine in West Lafayette;


1. That the Trustees recognize Dr. Esteban Ramirez’ critical leadership as chief medical officer to the safety and protection of the Purdue community throughout the COVID pandemic; and

2. That enormous gratitude and appreciation are expressed to Dr. Ramirez for his loyalty and service to Purdue University; and

3. That Dr. Ramirez is to be congratulated and thanked for his tremendous contributions to our University; and

4. That his achievements are part of the great, permanent history of Purdue and will never be forgotten; and

5. That this resolution be spread upon the minutes of the Trustees as part of the permanent record of the University.


Chairman Berghoff welcomed Jim Almond, who was in attendance with his wife, Rosemary. Chairman Berghoff noted that, although the Board had planned to cover this agenda item at a prior meeting, Mr. Almond had been unable to attend on that occasion for medical reasons. He quipped that, once the Board heard the medical excuse, it “felt a little less jilted” and was happy to reschedule this recognition for the June board meeting on the occasion of Mr. Almond’s retirement. He Chairman Berghoff then shared that the Board desired to recognize Jim’s many years of service to Purdue by conferring on him the Distinguished Boilermaker Award.

Chairman Berghoff recounted Jim’s contributions (in many areas of Purdue) over his 36 years of service, noting that he will perhaps best be remembered for being such a stable and seemingly ever-present part of the University. He observed that this award is, indeed, probably not adequate to express the Board’s appreciation for everything Mr. Almond had contributed during his long tenure. Vice Chairman Lehman added that, in an organization as large as the University, very few people can know all that is going on, but Mr. Almond always seemed to be that person, having done a tremendous job in all he was called to do—especially in support of the regional campuses and their many changes in recent years. Mr. Lehman noted that Mr. Almond was consistently a reliable source of financial, operational and historical information, especially about the regional campuses. Mr. Lehman concluded with kind words about Jim, Rosemary and their family, saying that they have done so much not just in terms of contributions and service to Purdue, but also for the community at large. He concluded by extending his congratulations to Mr. Almond.

After further discussion and upon proper motion duly made and seconded, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve conferring the Distinguished Boilermaker Award to Jim Almond. A copy of the award was filed with the minutes.


Dr. Eric Barker, Jeannie and Jim Chaney Dean of Pharmacy began his report by sharing some statistics on student numbers and that Purdue is one of largest and oldest PhD programs in pharmaceutical sciences in the country. The College is currently ranked #7 (out of 142) in the U.S. News and World Reports rankings and #6 in the QS World Rankings. He shared that as they engage in Transformative Education 2.0, they are looking at what they are calling PharmD 2.0 and how to enhance the academic success of the Doctor of Pharmacy students. Dean Barker outlined some of the College research priorities including drug discovery, cancer research, and pharmaceutical manufacturing. He indicated that the work being done at Purdue is getting national attention. He stated that the College of Pharmacy was #1 on campus for 2022 Purdue Day of Giving with $8,231,980 and also discussed the importance of the proposed Pharmacy-Nursing facility to the College’s future. A copy of Dean Barker’s presentation was filed with the minutes.


Chairman Berghoff then paused the order of business to announce that, due to a recognition luncheon the Board was scheduled to attend very soon, he would now exercise chair’s prerogative and request a motion to recess the meeting temporarily. He noted that the Board still needed to cover the Election of Officer agenda item, as well as convene the Purdue International, Inc. annual meeting after the stated meeting concludes. He shared that one of these topics, in particular, required time for a good discussion that the current lunch appointment does not afford. Consequently, Chairman Berghoff requested a motion for a temporary recess in order to allow the trustees to break for the lunch and then return to the meeting room at its conclusion, which would be at approximately 1:15 p.m. Upon proper motion duly made and seconded, the Board voted unanimously to approve the temporary recess. He expressed his apologies to members of the media and others present, noting that he regretted the inconvenience, but he encouraged everyone to return when the meeting reconvenes.


At approximately 1:20 p.m., Chairman Berghoff reconvened the meeting, thanking everyone present for returning and understanding the Board’s lunch commitment. He reminded the trustees that the Purdue International, Inc. annual meeting would be held after the conclusion of this meeting. Chairman Berghoff added that Trustee Thompson had just joined the meeting via conference call. He then turned to the Election of Officer agenda item.


Chairman Berghoff described the need to elect a new Secretary to replace Janice Indrutz upon her imminent retirement. He thanked Janice for her 11½ years of professionalism and her service. Other trustees shared words of appreciation and congratulations to Ms. Indrutz, noting how helpful and diligent she had been in service to the Board. Chairman Berghoff shared that Cindy Ream had been nominated to serve the Board in this important capacity. After further discussion and upon proper motion duly made and seconded, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve the appointment of Cindy Ream as Corporate Secretary.

Chairman Berghoff then noted that there was another very important action to be taken under this agenda topic. He explained this action is the result of the Board’s careful consideration of a succession plan for President Daniels—one that can be traced back to the extension of President Daniels’ appointment in 2018. Chairman Berghoff proceeded to announce that the Board would act on a proposal to elect Executive Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Dean of Purdue’s College of Engineering, Dr. Mung Chiang, as the next president of Purdue University.

Chairman Berghoff announced that, under this proposed action, Dr. Chiang’s term would begin on January 1, 2023, as President Daniels had discussed with the board his intention to conclude his term at the end of this calendar year. Chairman Berghoff stated that, as part of its succession planning exercise, the board had had an opportunity to observe a number of very talented people at the university over the last five years, including Dr. Chiang, and this ultimately gave the board a high degree of confidence in Dr. Chiang’s selection to replace President Daniels. After further discussion and upon proper motion duly seconded, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve the election of Mung Chiang the 13th President of Purdue University, to succeed Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. upon his resignation becoming effective at midnight on December 31, 2022. Both President Daniels and Dr. Chiang then gave remarks, which will be included with the materials for this meeting as a permanent record in the history of Purdue.


By consent, the meeting adjourned at 1:39 p.m.