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Beth McCuskey

Vice Provost for Student Life


(765) 496-0341

bmccuske@purdue.edu


Assistant: Mandy Smith

(765) 496-0341
Mandysmith@purdue.edu

Beth McCuskey

Vice Provost for Student Life

As the vice provost for student life at Purdue University, Beth McCuskey oversees a broad range of departments dedicated to supporting student success. In this role, she has been charged with "emphasizing the lifelong benefit of an educational experience through environments, culture, people and programs."

In collaboration with the vice provost for teaching and learning and associate vice provost for enrollment management, key areas of focus include: launching Purdue's Student Leadership Initiative; enhancing arts, culture and ideas across campus; developing a more robust student employment model for Purdue; and factoring the findings of the Purdue-Gallup initiative into campus-wide educational and programmatic efforts. Additionally, McCuskey is providing leadership for Purdue Moves-Housing, a strategic planning item that is adding 25% more beds to University Residences.

McCuskey joined Purdue as the associate vice president for housing and food services in November 2010 and was responsible for University Residences, Purdue Dining and Catering, the Purdue Memorial Union, and the Hall of Music Productions. She was previously the executive director of residence life, dining services and the Wyoming Union at the University of Wyoming. Besides overseeing the three departments, she coordinated the student learning assessment functions for the Division of Student Affairs, and co-led the Summit program, a three-day transitions program for all first-year students. Prior to her position in Wyoming, she held a variety of administrative roles in the Housing & Residence Life department at West Virginia University.

McCuskey has a bachelor's degree in economics, a master's degree in higher education, a master's degree in industrial and labor relations, and an EdD in higher education leadership—all from West Virginia University. She has served as a faculty member for ACUHO-I's Chief Housing Officer Training Institute and National Housing Training Institute and helped to conceptualize the AIMHO College, an institute for new housing professionals in the intermountain region. She has been active in NASPA and ACUHO-I, previously serving as chair of the ACUHO-I Foundation board of trustees and as a member of the editorial board for the Journal of College and University Student Housing. She has published several articles and co-edited a book, Foundations: Strategies for the Future of Collegiate Housing, published by ACUHO-I in 2006. She is currently serving as vice president of ACUHO-I, an elected position that will culminate with serving as president in 2017. McCuskey has two children, Chris, age 23, and Allison, age 21.