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A Web Letter from the Office of the Provost - February 2022

By Mary Jane Chew

Innovation Hub welcomes new managing director

Jennifer Perkins

The Office of the Provost has announced that Jennifer Perkins will join the staff of the Innovation Hub as managing director, effective immediately.

In her new role, Perkins will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of projects and fellowships funded by the Innovation Hub, all of which support the university’s Transformative Education 2.0 initiative. She also will play a central role in building partnerships across campus, establishing strategies for future Innovation Hub investments, and supporting its financial sustainability. Perkins will facilitate project assessment and the overall evaluation of Innovation Hub activities, and serve as the main liaison with the Innovation Council, a representative advice and feedback body for Innovation Hub operations.

“Jennifer’s experience in team and program building, as well as fund raising, support the strategic goals of the Innovation Hub and will advance teaching and learning at Purdue,” said Ed Berger, director of the Innovation Hub. “We are delighted that she’s joining our team.” 

Perkins recently served as director of planning and strategy in the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships, where she played a central role in Purdue’s COVID-19 research response, as well as the launch of the Purdue Applied Research Institute, which is also part of Purdue’s Next Moves. 

Prior to joining Purdue, Perkins held leadership positions at  several non-profits and has experience working at other institutions of higher education and industry.

Funded through the generous support of the Lilly Endowment, the Innovation Hub focuses on course-based innovations at scale. With $5M in support, the Innovation Hub will extend the frontiers of teaching and learning at Purdue by providing faculty, staff, and students with the support, tools, and partnerships required to realize their large-scale visions for what a residential undergraduate education should be.