Welcome to the University Senate

Established in 1964, the University Senate is the governing body of the faculty, and it exercises the legislative and policy-making powers assigned to the faculty. Subject to the authority of the Board of Trustees, and in consultation with the President, it has the power and responsibility to propose or to adopt policies, regulations, and procedures intended to achieve the educational objectives of Purdue University and the general welfare of those involved in these educational processes.

The Purdue University Senate acknowledges the traditional homelands of the Indigenous People which Purdue University is built upon. We honor and appreciate the Bodéwadmik (Potawatomi), Lenape (Delaware), Myaamia (Miami), and Shawnee People who are the original Indigenous caretakers.


On 20 February 2023, President Chiang invited ideas from Senate and faculty members on the question of how to return one hour per day to the faculty. Please feel welcome to share your ideas here:

How would you return one hour per day to faculty?

Have a question or a message for the University Senate Chair?

University Senate Leadership

Position Name
Senate Chair Colleen Brady
Senate Vice-Chair Brian Leung
Secretary of Faculties Manushag N. Powell
Steering Committee Chair Libby Richards
Nominating Committee Chair Richard D. Mattes
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee Chair Denise K. Whitford
Student Affairs Committee Chair David Sanders
Faculty Affairs Committee Chair Eric Waltenburg
Educational Policy Committee Chair Eric Kvam
University Resources Policy Committee Chair Yuan Yao
Advisory Committee Chair Colleen Brady
Immediate Past Senate Chair Stephen P. Beaudoin