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Director of Recreation & Wellness

Mike Warren proudly serves as the Director of Recreation & Wellness at Purdue University. In this role, he provides strategic oversight and manages departmental programs, services and facilities at RecWell. Mike strength’s include interacting with people, leadership, vision and strategic planning. His contributions facilitative diverse, innovative, inclusive, educational and accessible programs and facilities. These spaces include more than 430,000 square feet of indoor space as well as two 35-acre field complexes, an indoor turf facility and more.

As director, Mike provides leadership to a staff of more than 55 (28 professional, 14 service, 7 clerical and 6 graduate assistants) as well as more than 800 student employees, making RecWell the second-largest student employer on campus.

Mike earned bachelor’s degrees in administrative justice and recreation at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. In addition to his bachelor’s degrees, he earned a master’s in educational, recreational and leisure studies from Bowling Green State University.

Prior to his work at Purdue, Mike demonstrated impressive work experience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Some of his previous work includes passing the largest referendum in UW-Madison’s history at a staggering $236 million. He took a lead role in the design and construction of a $6.7 million outdoor turf complex and a $94 million recreation facility on campus. His experience of designing facilities as well as his leadership of a large recreational staff at his previous institution is highly notable. He has served in many different leadership positions and is an active member and presenter through professional organizations in campus recreation.

During his free time, Mike enjoys spending time with his family. When he is not chasing and carrying around his three kids, he maintains his physical fitness through activities including sports, running, participating in Group X and training for Spartan races.

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