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June 21, 1996

Purdue hires new Women's Resource Office director

NOTE: A photograph of Becky Hoover Herrnstein is available from Purdue University News Service, (765) 494-2096.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- An Ohio attorney who also is a University of Akron faculty member and administrator has accepted the position of Women's Resource Office director at Purdue University.

Becky Hoover Herrnstein, acting director of the Women's Studies Program at Akron, will begin her duties at Purdue Aug. 1, said Judith M. Gappa, vice president for human relations.

"Ms. Herrnstein was the best of a group of superb finalists selected for the Women's Resource Office position," Gappa said. "Purdue staff, faculty and students who met her during the interview process were impressed by her work on women's issues in her law practice as well as her academic endeavors. We also were impressed by her energy, enthusiasm, and creativity in building new programs. We are delighted she is coming to Purdue."

Herrnstein is the primary administrator for the Women's Studies Program at the University of Akron. Her duties include designing courses of study; hiring and supervising part-time faculty, graduate assistants and student assistants; and planning and conducting community outreach and other special events programs. She also teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in women's studies.

"I'm very excited about coming to Purdue and the opportunities available there," Herrnstein said. "Not many universities have the commitment that Purdue is showing to developing human relations and addressing issues that face female faculty, staff and students. I'm looking forward to doing my part in improving the overall campus climate."

Herrnstein, a native of Akron, Ohio, graduated summa cum laude in 1981 from Kent State University with a bachelor's degree in history and earned a law degree from the Ohio State University in 1984. She is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and has been a practicing attorney for the last 11 years. She is married to John Herrnstein, an attorney, and they have four children.


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