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Scott VanaE. Scott Vana

Senior Academic Advisor

Office: YONG, 8th floor
Phone: (765) 494-0843


Born in Chicago, IL; lived in Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Kentucky and now in Lafayette area since 1996


M.Div., Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago 
M.A., Economics, Northwestern University 
B.A., Urban & Regional Economics, University of Illinois - Urbana


  • Academic Advisor in Exploratory Studies since 2001
  • Served as Lutheran Campus Pastor at Purdue for five years
  • Served Lutheran congregations in Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan

Advice for the Future Boilermaker
Not sure what you want to major in?  Don’t worry!  Your time at Purdue will provide you with unlimited opportunities for exploration and learning, so make the most of it.  While you’re gaining these new experiences and actively seeking majors & careers that interest you, keep listening to your heart and your head.  The future path that is right for you will become evident in time.  Finally, set some goals for yourself and work hard to achieve them, and you’ll never have regrets.

Fun Facts

  • Married to Sandra; have three daughters who are all married and six grandkids
  • Live on an old farm (complete with barn & chicken coop) and have lots of pets
  • Enjoy spending time with family & friends, watching Colts games & public television, going to Purdue theatre, listening to public radio, being outdoors, and traveling

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