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Iowa State University president to lead Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University announced today (Tuesday, 5/23) that Martin C. Jischke, president of Iowa State University, will become Purdue's 10th president.

Martin & Patty Jischke

J. Timothy McGinley, chairman of the Purdue Board of Trustees, announced the selection of Jischke following an eight-month national search for a successor to Steven C. Beering, who will step down this summer after 17 years as president.

The board is expected to confirm the appointment at its June 1 meeting, and Jischke will assume the responsibilities of the office on Aug. 14. Jischke (pronounced JIS-key) was one of five final candidates forwarded to the trustees by a 14-member search committee, led by McGinley and composed of trustees, faculty, students, administrators and alumni.

"Members of the board met individually and in small groups with each of the finalists in a variety of settings," McGinley said. "We were dealing with a stellar group of people, but without exception, the individual trustees listed Dr. Jischke as their first choice, based on his accomplishments and on his fit with Purdue. Although we will not take formal action until our scheduled meeting June 1, I am delighted to announce now that Martin Jischke will be Purdue's next president.

"He brings a strong record of achievement, as well as ideal talents and background. Not only has he been at the helm of a major land-grant university for nine years, he also has an exceptional academic record in both teaching and research, and he has been a highly effective university administrator at all levels."

Jischke, 58, has served as president at Iowa State in Ames, Iowa, since 1991. Before that he led the University of Missouri-Rolla as chancellor for five years. He served the University of Oklahoma for 17 years as the director of and a professor in the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering; dean of the college of engineering; and interim president.

"I have worked with the Purdue administration and faculty for many years and hold them in the highest esteem," Jischke said. "Purdue has benefited from outstanding leadership from Steve Beering and is internationally known for its scholarship and research. I feel privileged to join the Purdue team as it enters the new millennium.

"Purdue is a world-class university that has great momentum, and opportunities for the future are even greater. I am very excited about this opportunity."

Beering, who was out of town on business at the time of the announcement, said: "The Purdue trustees have made a spectacular choice for Purdue's future. Martin Jischke and I have worked together for many years in consortia and other cooperative efforts. He is an outstanding leader and a man of high integrity. I am confident he will take this university to new levels of excellence. I will support him in every way possible, and I am delighted to welcome him to the Purdue family."

Iowa State, like Purdue, is a land-grant institution with strong emphasis on engineering, science, agriculture, extension and veterinary medicine. Iowa State's enrollment last fall exceeded 26,000 students. It has about 6,000 faculty and staff.

The ISU annual budget approaches $800 million. Private fund raising at Iowa State set records each year under Jischke's leadership, topping $100 million annually. The institution's sponsored research totals about $200 million annually.

"Dr. Jischke has a proven track record as a highly successful fund-raiser and leader," McGinley said.

Under Jischke's leadership, McGinley said, Iowa State has made significant progress in improving its undergraduate programs and in expanding its research programs, particularly in agriculture, engineering, science and technology. It has met the needs of the people through innovative outreach, continuing education, technology transfer and economic development programs.

Jischke also has demonstrated his dedication to diversity, McGinley noted, pointing out that Iowa State's minority and international student enrollment is growing, and that the university now requires that all students take courses in cultural diversity and international relations.

C. Peter Magrath, president of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, was president of the University of Missouri system from 1985 to 1991, the same period that Jischke was chancellor at the University of Missouri-Rolla. Magrath called Jischke an "outstanding selection" to lead Purdue in the new century.

"Martin Jischke is a national higher education leader and a dedicated internationalist who knows that the responsibilities of a great state university begin, but do not end, with in-state or national borders," Magrath said.

As at Purdue, raising money for scholarships also has been a major emphasis in the Jischke administration.

A native of Chicago, Jischke is a graduate of Proviso High School in Maywood, a suburb on Chicago's west side. He earned his bachelor's degree in physics from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1963. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology awarded him master's and doctoral degrees in aeronautics and astronautics in 1964 and 1968, respectively.

He was chairman of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges in 1997-98 and president of the Global Consortium of Higher Education and Research for Agriculture in 1998. He served on those boards, as well as the boards for the National Merit Scholarship Corp., American Council on Education, Kellogg Commission on the Future of State and Land-Grant Universities, Association of American Universities, and American Council on Competitiveness.

Jischke has been recognized for both outstanding teaching and research. He has held research fellowships with NASA and the Donald W. Douglas Laboratory and has received research grants from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Air Force, NASA, National Institutes of Health, National Severe Storms Laboratory and Nuclear Regulatory Commission. During 1975-76, he served as a White House fellow and special assistant to the U.S. secretary of transportation.

Trained as a fluid dynamicist, Jischke has expertise in heat transfer, fluid mechanics, aerodynamics and problems related to high-speed aircraft and spacecraft. He is co-editor of one book and the author or co-author of 31 archival journal publications and 21 major technical reports. Jischke has given more than 50 major technical presentations and lectures and has been the principal adviser to 21 thesis students.

Jischke's wife, Patty, was born in Ann Arbor, Mich., where her father received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Michigan, and grew up in Norman, Okla. She earned a bachelor's degree in social work in 1970, a master of library sciences degree in 1971, and a juris doctorate in 1975, all from the University of Oklahoma. She is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association.

Mrs. Jischke was a legislative attorney at the Library of Congress from 1975 to 1976 and had a part-time legal practice from 1976 to 1985.

At Iowa State, she helps plan and host events on behalf of President Jischke. She helps organize the ISU President's Leadership Class, a program for outstanding freshmen, and has been the chair of the ISU Library Development Council.

She served for six years on the board of Heifer Project International, a charitable organization that works to remove chronic, persistent hunger in the world through agricultural development. She now serves as a trustee for the Heifer International Foundation. In Des Moines, she serves on the boards of directors for the Living History Farms and the Chinese Cultural Center of America.

The Jischkes have two children, Charles, 23, an audio engineer living in Studio City, Calif., and Mary, 19, a sophomore in industrial engineering at the University of Wisconsin.

The 14-member search committee included one-half of the members of the Purdue Board of Trustees: McGinley, of Indianapolis; Barbara H. Edmondson of Clayton; D. William Moreau Jr. of Indianapolis; Mamon M. Powers Jr. of Gary; and W. Wayne Townsend of Hartford City.

Seven faculty members and administrators were on the committee: Emily R. Mobley, dean of libraries and the Esther Ellis Norton Distinguished Professor of Library Science; Richard J. Schwartz, dean of the Schools of Engineering; James W. Yackel, chancellor, Purdue Calumet; George M. Bodner, professor of chemistry; Sally A. Hastings, associate professor of history; Stanley L. Hem, professor of industrial pharmacy and chairman of the University Senate; and Linda J. Mason, associate professor of entomology and vice chairwoman of the University Senate.

The other members were Thomas J. Carroll of Indianapolis, a 1964 graduate of the Purdue School of Management and president of the Purdue Alumni Association; and Busch Voigts III, who graduated this May from the School of Technology and who served as president of the Purdue Student Government.

Purdue is the 10th-largest four-year university in the country, based on the 37,762 students enrolled in fall 1999 on its West Lafayette campus. Purdue also offers degrees at four regional campuses and 11 School of Technology sites statewide, bringing its systemwide enrollment to 66,455.

Sources: J. Timothy McGinley, (317) 580-2535

Martin C. Jischke, e-mail:

Writer: Jeanne V. Norberg, (765) 494-2084; e-mail:

Other Sources: C. Peter Magrath (202) 478-6072

Tiara Nibbs, student member of the University Senate Presidential Selection Committee (678) 393-0045 (home); (765) 491-5083 (cell phone).

Related Web sites:
Meet our new president
Office of the President, Iowa State University


Martin C. Jischke displays a sweatshirt he received from Purdue University, where it was announced today (Tuesday, 5/23) that he will become Purdue's 10th president. Jischke, president of Iowa State University, attended a news conference at Purdue's West Lafayette campus with his wife, Patty, who adjusted the brim of his new Purdue hat. Jischke (pronounced JIS-key) will succeed Steven C. Beering, who will step down this summer after 17 years as president. Jischke will take the helm of the university Aug. 14.

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