University Residences, Student Success at Purdue, and the Division of Student Academic Affairs collaborated in early 2014 to fund the inaugural position for the Parent and Family Office dedicated to supporting parents and family members of Purdue students. The Associate Dean of Students/Director of Parent and Family Programs position will serve as a central point of contact for Purdue families, increasing communication between families and the University, forming a partnership with parents and family members in supporting their student’s success, and coordinating opportunities for parents and family members to engage in the campus community.
Purdue University Parent and Family Programs engages parents as partners in student success by helping parents and families understand the goals of the university community, serving as a central point of contact, and creating positive long-term relationships between parents, families, and the university.
Meet the Director of Parent & Family Programs
Kelley Stier, M.A. joined the Boilermaker family in 2008 and has worked at Purdue in Residential Life, the Krannert Graduate School of Management, and most recently, the Office of the Dean of Students. Kelley earned her B.S. and M.A. from Bradley University in Peoria, IL and was introduced to student affairs and higher education administration through her experiences as a student-athlete, member of a sorority, and an overall involved college student. As an only child, the support from her parents during college was a direct connection to her success both inside and outside the classroom. Kelley looks forward to getting to know the Boilermaker Parents and Families and partnering for your student’s success!
Jennifer Wetli, a 2005 graduate of Purdue’s College of Technology, joined Parent & Family Programs after six years with Purdue University Residences (UR), where she worked closely on parent initiatives within UR including the University Residences Parent Advisory Council (URPAC) and the University Residences Parent Association (UPRA) before moving into the UR Marketing Department. Since the implementation of Parent & Family Programs, Jen has played a number of supporting roles to help establish the program and is excited to now work full time with all Boilermaker families throughout their Purdue experience.
Meet the Administrative Assistant for Parent & Family Programs
Lauren Lucas joined the Boilermaker family in 2013 as a member of the Office of the Dean of Students. Lauren received her B.S. from Purdue University in 2013, making her a second generation Boilermaker. As an undergraduate, Lauren held multiple jobs across campus and was involved in a sorority. Lauren has a younger sister who will also be graduating from Purdue University. With her experience as a Purdue student, Lauren looks forward to applying her firsthand knowledge to helping students and families get the most out of their Purdue experience.