SPRING 2020 |

The Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships welcomes new people to Purdue and congratulates others on their recent promotions.

Prof. Irena Swanson

Irena Swanson

Dennis KJ Lin

Dennis KJ Lin

Purdue University’s College of Science has named new academic leaders for its departments of Mathematics and Statistics. Irena Swanson, Professor of Mathematics at Reed College in Portland, Oregon and a Purdue alumna, will become department head of mathematics. Dennis K.J. Lin, University Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain and Statistics at Pennsylvania State University, will become department head of statistics.

“We are delighted to welcome to Purdue two such exemplary scholars and leaders, each of whom is also recognized for forging deep collaborations across multiple disciplines, said Patrick J. Wolfe, the Frederick L. Hovde Dean of Science,  “As we strengthen the mathematical and computational sciences across Purdue and launch our new flagship facility for these disciplines, Irena and Dennis will help cement our position as a national and global leader in data science education and research.” Read more. 

Jenna Rickus

Jenna Rickus


Heather Servaty-Seib

Jenna Rickus, associate vice provost for teaching and learning and professor of agricultural and biological engineering and biomedical engineering, is Purdue’s interim vice provost for teaching and learning. Rickus will provide leadership for undergraduate education, academic planning, program evaluation, and general academic policy development and implementation. Filling Rickus’s former role of associate vice provost for teaching and learning in an interim capacity is Heather Servaty-Seib, professor of counseling psychology in the College of Education and associate dean for student life in the Honors College.  

Scott Downey

W. Scott Downey

W. Scott Downey, a professor of agricultural economics, has been named director of Purdue’s Center for Food and Agricultural BusinessDowney previously served as the center’s associate director and coordinator of undergraduate education in the Department of Agricultural Economics. He assumed the position in March. The center designs and delivers educational resources for various business topics and concepts specifically tailored to the food and agribusiness industry. The director provides strategic direction for the center, teaches in center seminars and workshops and interacts with food and agribusiness industry professionals. Read more. 

Current list of ADRs

Below is an updated list of associate deans for research for each college: