CHANGING FACES ON CAMPUS

MARCH-APRIL 2019 |

A new vice provost, an interim CIO, a new libraries dean, new school and department heads, and a new climate office administrator.

John Gates

John Gates, an administrator in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia, has been named Purdue University’s vice provost for diversity and inclusion. Gates also will serve as clinical professor in the Krannert School of Management. His appointment will be effective April 1, said Jay Akridge, Purdue provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity. “Dr. Gates brings an impressive record of leadership excellence to his new position,” Akridge said. “He will lead a strong team at Purdue that is focused on enhancing the experience and success of all Boilermakers, and on supporting a climate of respect and inclusion across our campus.” Read more

Karl Browning has been named Purdue University’s interim chief information officer and vice president for information technology, effective March 1. Browning worked on the early stages of the Transform Purdue business transformation project that’s now in full swing. He has an extensive background in IT and held positions as the executive director of the Hoosier Lottery and as commissioner of the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT). He also served as chief information officer of the Indiana Office of Technology. Read more. 

Beth McNeil

Beth McNeil

A former associate dean and professor at Purdue University will be returning to campus after being selected the new dean of Purdue University Libraries and School of Information StudiesBeth McNeil, dean of library services and professor at Iowa State University, will join Purdue on July 1. “Beth’s knowledge of the Purdue Libraries organization and our entire campus will be an enormous benefit as we continue to develop an integrated, campus-wide data science education ecosystem,” said Jay Akridge, provost and vice president for academic affairs and diversity. “Beth brings an impressive record of leadership excellence in library and information science to this important position.”

Janice Evans

Janice Evans

Dr. Daniel Cziczo

Daniel Cziczo

Senior scientists are providing leadership for two key departments in Purdue’s College of Science. Daniel Cziczo, an atmospheric chemist and professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is the new head of the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences. Janice Evans, a biologist and professor from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, is the new head of the Department of Biological Sciences. Their appointments became effective March 1. Patrick J. Wolfe, the Frederick L. Hovde Dean of Science, said of his new colleagues, “I’m incredibly proud of our recruitment of Drs. Evans and Cziczo. Both are exemplary scientists and scholars with demonstrated leadership experience, and together they will provide exactly the creative thinking necessary to advance these key Purdue departments.” Read more

Dimitrios Peroulis

Dimitrios Peroulis

Dimitrios (Dimitri) Peroulis has been named the next Michael and Katherine Birck Head of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He currently is the Reilly Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the associate dean for external affairs in the college. In addition to the headship, Peroulis will serve as the special adviser to the dean on online learning, working with Gerry McCartney, executive vice president for Purdue Online, on behalf of the college. Read more.

Beth Hall

Beth Hall

Beth Hall, who most recently served as the Midwestern Regional Climate Center’s director, has been named director of the Indiana State Climate Office at Purdue University. “Dr. Hall brings tremendous experience and excitement to this position,” said Ron Turco, department head for the Department of Agronomy, where the position of state climatologist resides. “We are looking forward to seeing the impact and contributions she makes.” Since 2012 Hall led the MRCC, one of six such federally funded centers. Housed at the University of Illinois, the center served stakeholder climate needs across a nine-state region. She previously served as the New Hampshire state climatologist, an experience that drew her to the position at Purdue. Read more