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Lela Mixon                                                          Lela Mixon Headshot

Assosciate Director

Office: YONG, 8th floor
Phone: (765) 494-9765


I received the best education from Gary West Side! Go Cougars! 


When I was admitted to Ball State, I  started in the architectural program.  It took some time, but I realized that it was not a good fit (it’s a long story about a first - generation student, but good news, there is a happy ending). After some twists and turns and a few life-lines thrown by some very special people, I finished with a B.S. in Psychology.  After I learned that throwing life-lines to students was a career option, I decided to get my M.A. in Student Personnel in Higher Education Administration.  I’m forever grateful to my alma mater (chirp, chirp)!


Prior to serving as the Associate Director of Exploratory Studies at Purdue University, I served in leadership positions in career and academic advising. I also worked outside of higher education in fundraising, recruiting, and sales (another long story). 

Advice for the Future Boilermaker:

Many times you are going to need all the courage and confidence you can muster to get to your next level. Try REALLY hard to listen to your cheerleaders and ignore your haters. 

Fun Facts:

I’m married with three children - one is a Boilermaker. I love home decor, and reading. I am rediscovering my artistic self and dabbling in acrylic painting. I am as comfortable being silent, as I am speaking. I am as serious as I am silly. 

Finally, I LOVE music. Gospel? Born and raised. Beyonce and Bruno Mars? Of course! Black Violin and Fred Hersch? Mmm-hmm. Rascal Flatts, Chris Young, and Dixie Chicks? Yep! Surprised ya, didn't I?

Exploratory Studies, Young Hall, Room 831, 155 S. Grant Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907, (765) 494-0843

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