To:           Executive Vice Presidents, Chancellors, Vice Presidents, Vice Chancellors, Vice Provosts, Deans, Directors and Heads of Schools, Divisions, Departments and Offices

From:       Dr. Gerry McCartney, System CIO and Vice President for Information Technology

Date:        May 27, 2015

Re:           Mike Rubesch Retirement

It is with mixed feelings that I email to let you know that Mike Rubesch, Associate Vice President for IT Infrastructure Services, has informed me of his intent to retire on June 12, 2015, after 26 years of exemplary service to the University.

After receiving his Chemistry degree from the University of Chicago, Mike enrolled in Purdue’s PhD program in analytical chemistry. It was a love of computers and information technology that led Mike to join Purdue’s ADPC/Management Information department in October 1989 as an Infrastructure Support Administrator. Mike has held a variety of leadership positions within ITaP and has served in his current role for the last 8 years.

Mike has been responsible for many activities which make IT services more reliably available for all Purdue University faculty, students, and staff. He led the ITIS group through many changes, including retiring the mainframe systems (which had provided Purdue’s administrative systems for over 30 years), implementing the infrastructure for the current SAP, Banner, and Learn systems, and then reducing the footprint and cost of that environment by a factor of three as we strove to cut costs.

Mike was instrumental in completing the campus wireless network build-out and in the implementation of wireless in all of the student space of the Residence Halls. Infrastructure changes implemented during his career reduced costs by consolidating over thirty email systems into fewer than ten, consolidating over sixty datacenters into fewer than thirty; and consolidating hundreds of individual servers into a virtualized environment of fewer than eighty blades.

Of Mike’s many achievements, I know that he is most proud of the connections he makes daily with people. Mike went out of his way to ensure his staff and colleagues knew how much he appreciated them. We will all miss the ability to stop by Mike’s office and refuel with great conversation and sugary treats. Mike has been a caring and thoughtful colleague and leaves behind a compelling legacy of operational credibility and leadership development. He will be greatly missed by his colleagues, staff and all who had the distinct pleasure of working with him.

Join me in wishing Mike well in his next adventures whether it’s climbing a mountain in some distant land, playing competitive volleyball or beating his yearly goal of reading 100 books. A retirement celebration honoring Mike will be held on Tuesday, June 9th from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM in The Anniversary Drawing Room, Purdue Memorial Union. Please attend if you can.


Gerry McCartney