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Diversity Leadership Team (Organization Chart)

Jay T. Akridge

Dr. Jay T. Akridge, PhD

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Diversity


Jay Akridge is provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity, with a faculty appointment as professor of agricultural economics. He previously served for 8+ years as Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture where he had administrative responsibility for the academic, research, Extension, and international programs of the College. Jay served as interim vice provost for engagement at Purdue in 2007–08 and as interim dean of agriculture in 2008-09.

Before moving into administration, Jay was the James and Lois Ackerman Professor of Agricultural Economics and served as director of the Center for Food and Agricultural Business and the MS-MBA in Food and Agribusiness Management program.

Jay currently serves as Chair of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) Policy Board of Directors and has served in a variety of leadership roles with APLU, the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, and regional research committees. In Indiana, he currently serves on the Executive Steering Committee of AgriNovus Indiana.

He is the recipient of the Charles Murphy Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching (1996) and is listed in Purdue’s Book of Great Teachers (2003). Jay was named a University Faculty Scholar in 2000. His research focused on strategic management of food and agribusiness firms and adoption of new technology by agribusiness. Jay has worked with agribusiness managers in the areas of strategy and marketing in more than 20 countries. He received his master’s degree and doctorate in agricultural economics from Purdue University and his bachelor’s degree from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky.

Joan Fulton

Dr. Joan Fulton

Provost Fellow for Diversity and Inclusion

Joan Fulton is Provost Fellow for Diversity and Inclusion. She is also Professor and Associate Head in the Department of Agricultural Economics.

Fulton is passionate about diversity and making Purdue University a place where students, staff and faculty from all backgrounds feel welcome and have the resources they need to excel.

She has a three-way appointment with responsibilities in teaching, research and Extension and is active in the broader Purdue community. She was Chair of the University Senate during the 2010-2011 academic year. She has been one of the senior faculty resources for Purdue’s FAST mentoring program since its inception and is a regular table facilitator for the ADVANCE Faculty Search and Screen hiring workshops. As a faculty member she has formally and informally mentored women faculty as well as faculty from underrepresented minorities. She was a formal mentor in the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) program. Fulton was selected by the Provost’s office as one of five faculty to be a Fellow in the 2015-2016 CIC Academic Leadership Program.

Dr. Fulton’s research and Extension program focuses on problems related to marketing and business structure both in the United States and internationally. She has examined the soybean value chain with specific emphasis on the cost of identity preservation of specialty soybeans. She develops and delivers programming for small businesses in Indiana and beyond. In West Africa she has explored the importance of alternative extension programming for technology transfer and adoption of improved technologies. She is currently examining the factors that contribute to successful entrepreneurship for women selling street food in West Africa and other developing countries..

Dr. Joan Fulton joined the Purdue faculty in July 1997. She completed her Ph.D. work at the University of Minnesota where she explored the impact of centralized versus decentralized decision-making authority in grain marketing cooperatives. She previously held assistant professor positions at the University of Alberta and Colorado State University.

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