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

From:   Steven R. Schultz, Legal Counsel

Re:       Office of Legal Counsel Updates

Date:   October 17, 2016

I am pleased to announce that, at Friday’s Board of Trustees meeting, Trent Klingerman was elected to the office of Assistant Legal Counsel, filling a vacancy existing under the bylaws of The Trustees of Purdue University. 

This election marks Trent’s official transition to Purdue’s Office of Legal Counsel from his role as the University’s Vice President for Human Resources, a position in which he has served with distinction for the past two years (in addition to his prior service as Director of Employee Relations since November 2012).  It also marks the first time in the University’s nearly 150-year history in which we have had an internal lawyer serving as Assistant Legal Counsel, an elected officer position prescribed in the Trustees’ bylaws. 

In addition to serving as the University’s deputy general counsel, Trent will serve as Purdue’s chief privacy officer and as primary campus counsel to both Purdue Northwest and IPFW.

This historic development provides an opportunity to share a current snapshot of the Office of Legal Counsel as it has developed over the past three-plus years.  Our attorneys and legal assistants now include:

For additional information, including contact information for our office, please visit our new website at