Purdue trustees ratify appointments, honor administrators and athletes, confirm retirement plan change, approve coal purchase

May 28, 2010

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue University board of trustees on Friday (May 28) ratified the appointments of the Dean of the School of Education at Purdue Calumet and a named chair and a distinguished professor for the West Lafayette campus.

Trustees also conferred emeritus status to two retiring longtime administrators, honored current and past Boilermaker athletes, approved a resolution confirming changes to the employee retirement plan, and approved a contract to purchase coal for the West Lafayette campus utility plant.

Alice G. Anderson

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Alice G. Anderson was named dean of the School of Education and professor of education with tenure at Purdue University Calumet, Mark Cushman was named Distinguished Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, and Tim Cason was named the Gadomski Chair in Economics in the Krannert School of Management.

Anderson will begin July 1 at Purdue Calumet after previously serving as dean and professor in the College of Education at The University of Findlay, Ohio. She also acted as interim associate dean at Radford University in Radford, Va., where she was the founding director of the School of Teacher Education and Leadership, helped implement and direct other programs, and served on the faculty.

Anderson earned her bachelor's degree from the James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., her master's degree from Radford University and her doctoral degree from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.

Mark Cushman

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Cushman is an internationally recognized scholar in the design and synthesis of antibacterial, anticancer and antiviral agents. With more than 265 publications, 15 patents and two licensed inventions, Cushman has received numerous honors, including the Purdue Cancer Research Award in 2004, Senior Fulbright Award for 1983-84, National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellowship for 1973-75 and National Defense Education Act Title IV Fellowship for 1969-73.

He earned his doctor of pharmacy degree and doctoral degree in pharmaceutical chemistry from the University of California, San Francisco. He joined Purdue in 1975.

Cason's research is in industrial organization, environmental economics and behavioral game theory. His primary research methodology employs the relatively new approach of experimental economics. He also is founding director of the Vernon Smith Experimental Economics Laboratory, named for the Nobel Prize-winning economist who pioneered the methodology while teaching at Purdue.

Tim N. Cason

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Cason has been recognized at Purdue as a University Faculty Scholar, a Krannert Faculty Fellow and a Fulbright Commission Senior Scholar. He has held visiting positions at California Institute of Technology, University of Amsterdam and University of Melbourne, and has delivered more than 200 lectures and presentations at universities around the world.

Trustees also approved granting emeritus status to Thomas B. Robinson, vice president for student services, and John A. Sautter, vice president for housing and food services. Both are retiring at the conclusion of the university's current fiscal year on June 30.

Robinson came to Purdue in 1998 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he served as vice chancellor for student affairs. He also has been the chief student affairs officer at five other colleges and universities, and he has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He received a bachelor's degree from Juniata College and earned his master's and doctoral degrees from Penn State University.

Thomas B. Robinson

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Sautter came to Purdue in 1971 as assistant manager of Wiley Residence Hall. Before being appointed vice president in 1996, he also served in management positions at Shreve and Harrison halls, as assistant director of residence halls, assistant director of residence halls programming and counseling, and director of residence halls and graduate houses.

Trustees also approved:

* A resolution honoring the women's golf team for its 2010 NCAA Championship. The team, led by coach Devon Brouse, became the first Big Ten women's team and the first women's team from a northern university to win the title. The Boilermakers finished the 72-hole tournament one over par, which was Purdue's record-low score and the second-lowest four-round team score carded in NCAA Championship history. Brouse also was named coach of the year by the National Golf Coaches Association.

John A. Sautter

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* A resolution congratulating former Boilermaker football quarterbacks Len Dawson, Bob Griese and Drew Brees. Dawson led the Boilermakers from 1954-56, earned All-Big Ten and All-America Academic honors, and was Purdue's all-time leading passer. Griese led Purdue from 1964-66, earned All-Big Ten and All-America Academic honors, was runner up in Heisman Trophy voting his senior year, and led Purdue to a Rose Bowl win. Brees was Purdue's quarterback from 1998-2000, earned All-Big Ten and All-America Academic honors, won the Maxwell Award and was a two-time Heisman Trophy finalist, and left Purdue as the Big Ten's all-time leading passer. All three went on to the NFL, earned Pro Bowl recognition multiple times and led their teams to Super Bowl wins - Dawson with the Kansas City Chiefs in 1970, Griese with the Miami Dolphins in 1976 and 1977, and Brees with the New Orleans Saints in 2010. Purdue and the University of Alabama are the only two universities in the country to have had three alumni as Super Bowl champion quarterbacks.

* A resolution confirming a retirement contribution rebalancing program approved by the board at its April meeting. The new program will take effect Jan. 1.

* A two-year contract for approximately $9 million to purchase circulating fluidized bed coal for the Wade Utility Plant from Peabody CoalSales LLC in Evansville, Ind. The coal will be used in the plant's circulating fluidized bed boilers, which reduce sulfur emissions and can operate on fuel sources other than coal. All coal used by the university must be purchased, processed and mined in the state of Indiana.

Writer: Soumitro Sen, 765-496-9711, ssen@purdue.edu

Sources:   Howard Cohen, Purdue Calumet chancellor, Hcohen@calumet.purdue.edu
                    Mark Cushman, Cushman@purdue.edu, 765-494-1465
                    Tim Cason, cason@purdue.edu, 765-494-1737

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