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April 17, 2003

Purdue president to 'engage' Anderson in all-day visit

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University leaders are continuing a series of Purdue Days in Indiana with a visit to Anderson on Thursday (4/24).

Purdue President Martin C. Jischke (pronounced JIS-key) will be joined by Purdue faculty and administrators as he talks and listens to area residents who have a variety of ties to Purdue.

Local hosts for the visit will be Purdue alumni John and Sonya Eddy. John Eddy is student services coordinator of Purdue's Anderson Statewide Technology site.

Joseph L. Bennett, vice president for university relations who will accompany Jischke on the visit, said, "President Jischke has been a strong and consistent advocate of bringing Purdue to the state and the state to Purdue. Jischke had made engagement a central theme in his presidency."

David C. Petritz, director of Purdue's Cooperative Extension Service and associate dean of agriculture, and Don K. Gentry, Purdue's vice provost for engagement, will join Jischke and Bennett on the visit.

Jischke, who came to Purdue in August 2000, is the university's 10th president. He previously served for nine years as president of Iowa State University, like Purdue, a land-grant institution. His experience in higher education also includes 17 years as professor and dean at the University of Oklahoma and five years at the University of Missouri-Rolla.

Jischke was the founding president of the Global Consortium of Higher Education and Research for Agriculture. He served as chairman and board member of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges and as a board member of the American Council on Education, National Merit Scholarship Corporation and Kellogg Commission on the Future of State and Land-Grant Universities. He is on the boards of directors of the Association of American Universities and the American Council on Competitiveness.

After receiving his doctorate in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1968, Jischke joined the faculty of the University of Oklahoma's School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering. During his 17 years at Oklahoma, he served in multiple capacities. He became director of the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering in 1977. He served as dean of the College of Engineering from 1981 to 1986, and he was named the university's interim president in 1985.

Purdue Days in Indiana have taken Jischke to the Indianapolis State Fair in August, Vincennes in September, Logansport in October, Dearborn County in November, Marion County in December, Jasper County in January, Columbia City in February and Scott County in March. The Anderson visit is the last Purdue Day this year.

Writer: Mike Lillich, (765) 494-2077,

Sources: John Eddy, (765) 641-4553,

Joseph L. Bennett, (765) 494-2085,

David C. Petritz, (765) 494-8489, david.petritz@ces,

During the day, Jischke and his party will be at the following locations:

10 a.m. – Anderson airport. John Eddy and David Petritz will greet the president.

10:30 a.m. – Red Gold Tomato Processing, Orestes. Jischke will tour.

12:30 p.m. – Reardon Auditorium, Anderson University. Jischke will have lunch with invited community, educational and economic development leaders. Jischke will make remarks on economic development and Purdue's partnership with the Anderson community.

1:45 p.m. – Statewide Technology Center, Anderson University. Anderson University President James Edwards will welcome Jischke. There will be a briefing and discussion on the proposed Anderson Business Development Center and Purdue's role in the center.

3:30 p.m. – I-Power Inc. Jischke will tour.

4:40 p.m. – Delco Remy International. Jischke will tour.

6 p.m. – Anderson Country Club. Jischke will attend reception with Purdue alumni and friends.

7 p.m. – Anderson Country Club. Jischke will attend dinner for Purdue alumni and friends. Jischke will speak on "Purdue's Strategic Plan and Impact on Indiana."

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