Since 1993, Purdue's Office of State Relations and the Office of University Relations have joined forces to publish a directory of the services the University provides to the state of Indiana and its people. The 1998-99 edition has just arrived from the printer, and even a brief glance shows what a tremendous value Purdue is for Hoosiers. If you think the institution's work stops with the classroom and the laboratory, I urge you to get copy of Purdue Serving the State.
The directory's 92 pages are packed with information about programs and services that are available to individuals, families, businesses, farms, schools, organizations and governmental entities all across the state. Here are just a few random examples:
The above list is just a small sample of the nearly 300 programs listed in the directory. In addition to the services operated on a statewide basis, Purdue also offers many others for specific regions or counties. The directory lists them, as well. Purdue Serving the State is an outstanding documentation of the land-grant ideal.
The month of October was an eventful time for Purdue's School of Management. During a period of just over one week, the annual survey by Business Week magazine ranked the school's master's degree program among the top 25 in the country; Krannert alumnus Richard Dauch announced a major financial commitment to the school; and Dean Dennis Weidenaar made public his plans to give up his administrative duties and return to the classroom next year.
Dick Dauch, who heads American Axle & Manufacturing in Detroit, announced that he and his family will give $6 million to Purdue over the next five years. The Krannert School will receive $5 million as the anchor gift in a new $55 million campaign, "Krannert at the Frontier." The campaign will raise money for expansion and redesign of facilities, faculty and outreach development, and student scholarships and programs. In appreciation of the gift, Purdue will rename the Center for the Management of Manufacturing Enterprises for the Dauch family.
As dean, Dennis Weidenaar has led his school not only to national prominence, but also to new levels of excellence in teaching and research. He wants to spend several years before he retires engaged in his first love: teaching.
Another distinguished Purdue administrator will be leaving the University for a new opportunity. Luis Proenza, vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School, will become the president of the University of Akron on January 1, 1999. Luis has been a great colleague and will provide excellent leadership to the institution.