CHANGING FACES ON CAMPUS

NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2019 |

Purdue welcomes a new CFO, interim associate vice president, executive director of Research Computing and director of contracting for Sponsored Program Services.

Mr. Chris Ruhl

Chris Ruhl

Chris Ruhl will be the university’s next treasurer and chief financial officer, effective Jan. 1. The appointment is subject to final ratification by Purdue’s Board of Trustees, expected Friday, Dec. 6. Ruhl has served as senior vice president for strategic initiatives at Purdue University and CFO for Purdue Global since 2017. He will succeed Bill Sullivan, who has served in the position since 2014 and announced in June his retirement effective at the end of 2019. Read more

David McKinnis

David McKinnis

David McKinnis, special adviser for corporate and global partnerships, will serve as the interim associate vice president for the new Office of Industry Partnerships, the primary portal to campus for industry partners. The new office integrates the industry-focused personnel and activities previously in the Office of Corporate and Global Partnerships and the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations into a single unit with shared goals and metrics. The Office of Industry Partnerships is a new unit in the Purdue Research Foundation that jointly reports to Theresa Mayer, executive vice president for research and partnerships, and Jay Kahn, executive senior associate vice president for advancement. McKinnis is tasked with leading the integration process and day-to-day operation of the new office.

Preston Smith

Preston Smith

Preston M. Smith, formerly director of research services and Support with Research Computing, has been named executive director. Part of ITaP, Research Computing provides advanced computational resources and services to support Purdue faculty and staff researchers. Prior to graduating from Purdue’s Computer and Information Technology program in 1998, Smith joined the IT community at Purdue as a system administrator for the Purdue Libraries. He later became part of the research and development team for Research Computing before moving to the systems side of the business to lead the customer-facing operation of Purdue’s community cluster systems. Since 2012, he has led numerous initiatives to empower researchers with tools to control their own computing resources.

Kyle Wargo, a 2005 graduate of Purdue University, has been named the new director of contracting for Sponsored Program Services. Wargo comes into this role with nearly 14 years of experience at Purdue and over 10 years of experience in SPS. He spent the past six years as a Lead Contract Analyst in Sponsored Programs Services.  The Sponsored Program Services Contracting office is responsible for assisting Purdue faculty and staff in the execution of contracts and agreements necessary for the administration of externally funded and non-funded sponsored programs at Purdue University.

Laura Holladay

Laura Holladay

Laura Holladay has joined CERIAS as student programs manager, a newly created position designed to support approximately 1,000 Purdue students studying or conducting research in cyber and cyber-physical security. Holladay’s responsibilities include administration of the Purdue Interdisciplinary Information Security Degree program; the world’s first accredited interdisciplinary cybersecurity degree, student internship and career employment programs with strategic industry and government partners of CERIAS, coordination with the numerous cybersecurity student clubs and competition teams, and student cybersecurity scholarships fellowships and research assistantship programs.