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Chris Skiba

Director of Capital Projects

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Chris Skiba earned his bachelor's degree in construction management from Indiana State University and has worked at Purdue for almost 20 years. Previously the general manager of project management for Physical Facilities, Chris joined University Residences in 2013 as the UR director of capital projects. He is involved in the master planning, budgeting, design and construction for projects within Student Life, such as residence halls and dining courts.  

Chris oversees large projects, such as the two new residence halls that opened in the fall of 2020 and Hagle Hall, which opened in the fall of 2022. In addition to the larger projects, he also manages ongoing repair and rehabilitation projects for the facilities within Student Life. 

As head of the Capital Projects department, Chris' ultimate responsibility is to promote student success through design and construction.  

"It's all about the students and their comfort and success," he says. "We want to give them a good environment because Purdue is their home away from home. That's the primary reason I originally came over to University Residences – because none of us would be here at Purdue if our students weren't successful." 

Chris and his wife, Kim, have two children, Matthew, a past graduate assistant for Purdue Bands & Orchestras, and now a high school music director at Tipton High School, and Megan, a Purdue alumna who currently works as the 4H Extension Educator for Tippecanoe County. Chris has an affinity for architecture and one of his favorite structures is the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, where he proposed to his wife.