November 8, 2016

Purdue Profiles: Kaity Heide

Kaity Heide Kaity Heide, legal assistant in Purdue’s Office of Legal Counsel. (Purdue University photo/Megan Huckaby) Download image

As Kaity Heide describes her role as legal assistant in Purdue’s Office of Legal Counsel, no two days are alike. She is always on her toes working with multiple departments across campus. Though her days are jam-packed, she enjoys having the opportunity to interact with a wide range of people.

What is your role as legal assistant and what does it entail? 

As legal assistant, I provide administrative and paralegal support to our assistant legal counsel and three associate counsel, all of whom work with various groups across campus. My duties include managing calendars, coordinating meetings, drafting correspondence, and many other tasks to assist the team. I also regularly communicate with many departments, including our regional campuses, to request records and information for subpoenas and requests for document production that the university receives. 

What led you down this career path?

After earning an Associate of Applied Science degree in business administration from Ivy Tech Community College, I began working in the Office of the Vice President for Physical Facilities in a temporary clerical position, and I later served Physical Facilities as a secretary in both Energy and Construction and Fiscal Affairs. I then served as legal assistant for the Office of the Vice President for Physical Facilities before joining the Office of Legal Counsel in July 2015. 

Why did you choose to work at Purdue? 

I heard of an opportunity to work in a temporary clerical position not long after I graduated from Ivy Tech, and I knew that it would be a great way to learn the University’s policies and processes, as well as to receive valuable experience at the same time. 

What do you consider to be the most important part of your job? 

Being able to prioritize tasks is the most important aspect of my job. By prioritizing the items that come across my desk, I am able to effectively manage my time and keep an eye on any upcoming deadlines. 

What is your favorite part of your job? 

I love that in my position I am constantly learning new things and that no two days are ever the same. I also enjoy working and interacting with so many individuals from different areas of campus. 

 In your free time, what do you enjoy doing? 

My husband and I enjoy being outdoors and spending time with family and friends. We have also been renovating our home over the past few years, so we usually always have some sort of project to work on.. 

Writer: Cat Dillon, 317-869-5566,

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