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

DATE:               February 11, 2015

FROM:              Deba Dutta

SUBJECT:          Vice Provost for Student Life


I am pleased to announce that Dr. Beth McCuskey has been named vice provost for student life effective immediately. I selected Beth based on the input I received from the search committee and my own experience with her work as she has held this position in an interim capacity for five months.

Beth joined Purdue as the associate vice president for housing and food services in November 2010 and has been an outstanding leader for University Residences, Purdue Dining and Catering, Purdue Memorial Union, and Hall of Music Productions.

As the vice provost for student life, Beth has been charged with emphasizing the lifelong benefit of an educational experience through environments, culture, people, and programs. She will be a vital contributor to the Division of Student Academic Affairs working in close collaboration with Frank Dooley, vice provost for teaching and learning, and Pam Horne, dean of admissions and associate vice provost for enrollment management.

Beth’s responsibilities include fostering program initiatives and providing guidance related to these areas: Arts, Culture & Ideas, Dean of Students, Leadership Development, Recreational Sports, Student Activities, Dining, Purdue Memorial Union, and University Residence/Residential Life. Additionally, Beth is providing leadership for Purdue Moves, Living on Campus - a strategic initiative adding 25% more beds to university residences.

Before joining Purdue, Beth was executive director of residence life, dining services and the Wyoming Union at the University of Wyoming. Prior to that, she held a variety of administrative roles in housing and residence life at West Virginia University.

Beth has a bachelor’s degree in economics, a master’s degree in higher education, a master’s degree in industrial and labor relations, and an Ed.D. in higher education leadership – all from West Virginia University. She has served as a faculty member for the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International's (ACUHO-I) Chief Housing Officer Training Institute and National Housing Training Institute and helped to conceptualize the AIMHO College, an institute for new housing professionals in the intermountain region. She has been active in the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and ACUHO-I, previously serving as chair of the ACUHO-I Foundation Board of Trustees and as a member of the editorial board for the Journal of College and University Student Housing. She is currently serving as vice president of ACUHO-I, an elected position that will culminate with serving as president in 2017.

I want to express my gratitude to the search committee, chaired by Professor Joan Fulton, for the commitment, time and energy they gave to the interviewing process. I also wish to thank the individuals who came forward and submitted their names for consideration.

Please join me in thanking the search committee, congratulating Dr. Beth McCuskey, and supporting the Division of Student Academic Affairs.