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

DATE:       July 8, 2015

RE:           Purdue Alumni Association president and CEO search process underway


The Purdue Alumni Association, representing the alumni and friends of Purdue University, seeks a President and chief executive officer. Reporting to the Purdue Alumni Association’s board of directors, the President & CEO will lead a staff of approximately 27 in service to the university and its 440,000 living alumni.

Founded in 1878, the Purdue Alumni Association is an independent, 501(c)(3) organization. The mission of the Purdue Alumni Association is to serve its members, to encourage the interest of all alumni and friends in the University and in each other, and to contribute to the quality and progress of Purdue University. Specific to its mission, the Association seeks to: deliver quality services to members of the Association; serve as the gateway for the University to all graduates and friends; and, prepare Purdue students to appreciate their Purdue connections as they achieve success in our society.

Working with their board, and interfacing closely with the university’s leadership, the President and CEO will build upon the Purdue Alumni Association’s successful history to lead the association to a new level of achievement. The board is made up of two types of directors; designated directors and elected directors. Designated directors come to the board by nomination and board approval process; elected directors come to the board by nomination and a membership election process.

The President & CEO of the Purdue Alumni Association will be a visionary leader of unimpeachable integrity with the personal qualities necessary to represent Purdue University and its alumni to each other and to all their combined external constituencies. He or she will be an exceptional communicator with outstanding relationship-building skills, along with the leadership and management experience and talent necessary to lead the association through an era of programmatic and membership growth. A bachelor’s degree (a graduate degree is desirable) and substantive leadership experience in alumni relations is strongly preferred. Candidates with significant experience in other relevant areas will also be considered.

Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Review of applications will begin on September 1, 2015, and will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by that date. Candidates should provide a resume and a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile. These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to the alumni association’s consultants, Dennis M. Barden and Robert W. Luke at Documents that must be mailed may be sent to Witt/Kieffer, 2015 Spring Road, Suite 503, Oak Brook, IL 60523. The consultants can be reached by telephone at 630-575-6167.

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