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Mike Warren

Director of Recreation & Wellness

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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's strengths include interacting with people, leadership, vision and strategic planning.

Mike oversees diverse, innovative, inclusive, educational and accessible programs and facilities that include more than 435,000 square feet of indoor space as well as two 35-acre field complexes and an indoor turf facility. He leads a staff of more than 55, 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. He earned a master's in education, recreational and leisure studies from Bowling Green State University.

Prior to coming to Purdue, Mike demonstrated impressive work experience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he passed 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.

Mike is an active member and presenter in campus recreation professional organizations. During his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family. When he is not chasing and carrying around his three kids, he maintains his physical fitness through such activities as sports, running, participating in Group X and training for Spartan races.