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Presidents of Purdue University

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1872-74 Richard Owen, President   1945 Andrey A. Potter, Acting President   2007-12 France A. Córdova, President
Owen became the first president of Purdue at a time when there   Purdue's dean of engineering from 1921 to 1953, Potter was   Dr. Cordova came to West Lafayette in July 2007 as Purdue’s 11th
were no buildings, faculty, or students. He guided the Morrill Act   considered the “dean of deans” of American engineering education.   president. During her tenure, she led the development and
idea of an “Indiana Agricultural College” into reality. He resigned       implementation of the “New Synergies” strategic plan, helping
the day before the first class met.   1946-71 Frederick L. Hovde, President   position Purdue to meet the grand challenges of humanity, to
      Hovde presided over the University’s greatest period of growth,   create opportunities for local and global economies, and to enhance
1874-75 Abraham C. Shortridge, President   leading to its emergence as a top research university. During his   student learning for success in tomorrow’s dynamic and diverse
Shortridge was in charge when Purdue matriculated its first   tenure, Purdue saw its greatest enrollment growth, from 5,628 to   world.
students in September 1874. Thirty-nine applicants were admitted,   25,582 students, its annual budget increased from $12.7 million to      
some conditionally. Women were enrolled for the first time   $136 million and the Schools of Industrial Engineering, Materials   2012 Timothy D. Sands, Acting President
fthe following fall. Shortridge’s administration lasted just 18   Engineering, Technology, and Veterinary Medicine were established.   Dr. Sands, the Basil S. Turner Professor of Engineering in the
months due to his failing health.         schools of materials engineering and electrical and computer
      1971-82 Arthur G. Hansen, President   engineering, served as acting president for six months following the
1876-83 Emerson E. White, President   The first Purdue president who was also an alumnus, Hansen’s   departure of Dr. Cordova. Upon completion of this term he returns
Under White’s leadership, Purdue was set firmly on its course of   administration, saw enrollment increase to more than 32,000 and new   to his previous post of Executive Vice President and Provost of
emphasis on agricultural and “mechanical arts” as mandated by the   buildings were constructed for agriculture, psychology, life sciences,   Purdue University. Prior to becoming Provost, he served as the Mary
Morrill Act. White also is remembered for his failed attempt to ban   and athletics. He supported the establishment of Purdue’s first   Jo and Robert L. Kirk Director of the Birck Nanotechnology Center in
fraternities on campus which led to his resignation in 1883.   Black Cultural Center.   Purdue's Discovery Park.
1883-1900 James H. Smart, President   1982-83 John W. Hicks, Acting President   2013-Present Mitchell E. Daniels, President
Smart was known as “the engineers’ president.” The Schools of   A professor of agricultural economics, Hicks served as Hovde’s   Upon completion of his second term as Governor of Indiana in
Civil, Mechanical, and Electrical Engineering as well as the School   executive assistant and the University’s lobbyist in the Indiana   January 2013, Mitchell E. Daniels will become the university’s 12th
of Pharmacy and Pharmacal Sciences were established during his   General Assembly after 1955. He also served as executive   president. His eight-year term as governor was distinctive for an
tenure. During Smart’s administration, “Old Gold and Black” were   assistant to Presidents Hansen and Beering and retired in 1987   increased attention to fiscal responsibility, cost efficiencies, and
established as the school colors.   as senior vice president.   reform. Prior to serving as Governor, Daniels held a successful career
            in business and the federal government, holding numerous top
1900-21 Winthrop E. Stone, President   1983-2000 Steven C. Beering, President   management positions in both the private and public sectors.
Purdue’s first vice president, Stone became president upon the   Beering’s tenure was marked by sustained growth in academics,   He served in the administrations of both President Ronald President
death of James Smart. He appointed Purdue’s first dean of women,   facilities, and private support. Enrollment and scholarship set   Reagan and George W. Bush.
Carolyn E. Shoemaker, in 1913. The Schools of Agriculture and   records. More than 20 new buildings were constructed on the    
Engineering grew rapidly during Stone’s tenure, which ended   West Lafayette campus and 13 others were expanded or renovated.      
tragically when he was killed in a mountain-climbing accident.   He fostered efforts to make Purdue an international university.      
      His name appears on the diplomas of more than half of the      
1921-22 Henry W. Marshall, Acting President   University’s living alumni.      
Publisher of the Lafayette Journal and Courier and a member of            
the Board of Trustees, Marshall was elected acting president   2000-07 Martin C. Jischke, President      
of the University following President Stone’s death.   Under Jischke's leadership, Purdue completed a strategic plan that      
    used data-driven decision making to enhance Purdue's capacity to      
1922-45 Edward C. Elliott, President   carry out its missions in learning, discovery, and engagement.      
Elliott was responsible for a major building program that saw   Jischke developed Discovery Park, an interdisciplinary hub that is      
construction of Ross-Ade Stadium the Memorial Union, and   home to ten research centers, and he led the Campaign for Purdue,      
development of the Purdue University Airport. During his tenure,   which raised more than $1.7 billion in private donations to .      
the Graduate School, the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics,   the university.      
and the Purdue Research Foundation were established. Elliott          
recruited top names to Purdue, including Amelia Earhart as a          
woman’s counselor.          




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