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Douglas L. Christiansen
Director of admissions

(765) 494-1776


Was associate director of the Office of Student Recruitment and High School Services at the University of Utah. In that position, was responsible for state and national student recruitment programs. Supervised the development of several programs that encouraged enrollment of National Merit Finalists, minority scholars, and female students in the science areas. Served as director for the Rocky Mountain Association of College Admission Counselors annual college fair in Salt Lake City,drawing 3,300 students and involving 107 colleges and universities from across the country.

Affirmative action

Judith M. Gappa
Professor, educational administration

Vice president, human relations

(765) 494-5830 ; home: (765) 497-0061


Is knowledgeable about faculty employment issues, including hiring, tenure, development, collective bargaining, and part-time and temporary faculty. Deals with women's issues such as sexual harassment, dual-career couples and salary equity. Also addresses affirmative action/equal opportunity, campus climate, harassment, and minority faculty recruitment and retention.


Leo A. Bryant
Vice chancellor, student services

Dean of students

Purdue Calumet

(219) 989-2367; home: (219) 845-9658

Interested in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement in the South and what the movement should mean on college campuses today. Regular campus presenter on black history.

Myra Mason
Director, Diversity Resource Office

(765) 494-7305

Was statewide director of educational opportunity for the central office of Indiana Vocational Technical College. Also was minority affairs director for Indiana University's School of Dentistry. Developed and directed federal Health Careers Opportunity and Graduate and Professional Opportunity Fellowship programs for the IU school, increasing minority enrollment from 1 percent to 14 percent.

Renee A. Thomas
Interim director, Black Cultural Center

(765) 494-3091


Has worked closely with African-American students, supervising the performing arts ensembles of Purdue's Black Cultural Center. Assists in cultural exchange programs and provides information about the center to students, faculty, alumni and visitors. Became assistant director in 1990.

Recruitment and retention

Paul M. Dale
Director, HORIZONS

Assistant dean of students

(765) 494-7093; home: (317) 572-2816


HORIZONS is a counseling and advising program to help low-income, physically disabled, or first-generation college students make the transition from high school to the university. Developed retention programs for first-generation college students. Developed study skills course for first-year students. Produced six videotapes on college study skills.

Dwight E. Lewis
Minority affairs coordinator, Graduate School

(765) 494-3232

Oversees the Historically Black Institution Visitation Program, which encourages undergraduate African-American students to seek advanced education at Purdue. Helped prepare U.S. Department of Education grant application for "Minority Participation in Graduate Education." Work in recruitment and retention has boosted minority enrollment at Purdue's Graduate School to record highs.

Victor W. Rodwell
Professor, biochemistry

Director, Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) and Access Internally for Minorities (AIM)

(765) 494-1608; home: (765) 463-5740


Oversees programs that allow minority undergraduates to conduct summer research in various areas at Purdue. Program started with nine students in 1980. Now, about 45 students participate each summer. Of the 410 participants through 1993, 228 have received or were pursuing advanced degrees. Program has been copied at most other Big Ten universities.

Deborah A. Starks
Instructor, African-American Studies and Research Center

Assistant director of admissions

(765) 494-1776/494-4523; home: (765) 474-2636

Coordinates minority student recruitment programs for the Office of Admissions. Program director for Minority Summer Intern Program for middle-school and high-school counselors. Provides information about college preparation to high-school students.