January 11, 2007

Purdue to seek strategic plan input from Johnson County residents

Martin C. Jischke
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue officials will visit Johnson County on Jan. 25, and President Martin C. Jischke will ask residents there for ideas on what the university's new strategic plan should include.

"We've received valuable information and promising ideas during previous community visits," Jischke said. "Now it's time to discuss future ambitions. The board of trustees and I look forward to receiving input from Johnson County residents as we set new goals and consider Purdue's future role in our state."

Jischke and other university officials also will visit GrimmerSchmidt Industries, Greenwood Community High School, Kelsay's Dairy Farm and Nachi Technology Inc. The strategic plan input will be sought during a luncheon at Jonathon Byrd's Cafeteria. Ideas also can be submitted through a new strategic plan Web site at http://www.purdue.edu/whatsnext/.

Victor L. Lechtenberg, the university's vice provost for engagement, said Purdue welcomes the opportunity to exchange ideas with business and community leaders.

"In many ways, Johnson County communities share common goals with Purdue," Lechtenberg said. "Purdue wants to serve as an educational and economic development partner to Johnson County. We look forward to learning what its residents hope to gain from our partnership."

This is the sixth year Jischke and university leaders have conducted daylong visits to Indiana communities. More than 50 previous visits have been made to communities including Gary, Jasper, South Bend and Lebanon. A future visit is planned for Anderson.

Several activities are scheduled for the Johnson County visit:

• 9 a.m. — Tour GrimmerSchmidt Industries, 1015 N. Hurricane Road, Franklin. GrimmerSchmidt Industries, which employs 50 people, produces large air compressors. Founder John Grimmer graduated from Purdue in 1950 with a degree in mechanical engineering. Purdue's Technical Assistance Program, which connects companies with Purdue resources and assists them in implementing state-of-the-art technologies, has worked with GrimmerSchmidt on 14 projects. The most recent project involved improving operational efficiency. It is expected to save the company thousands of dollars in manufacturing costs.

• 10:40 a.m. Visit Greenwood Community High School, 615 W. Smith Valley Road, Greenwood. Jischke and Purdue officials will learn about the Youth Philanthropy Project of Johnson County, which is the first countywide youth leadership program in Indiana to focus on inspiring young people to be active in community service. More than 200 students from five high schools and two middle schools participate in the program. The Youth Philanthropy Project is administered by United Way of Johnson County, Johnson County Community Foundation, the Johnson County Youth Services Bureau, Johnson County 4-H program and Johnson County Schools.

• Noon— Attend lunch and a forum with community leaders and elected officials at Jonathon Byrd's Cafeteria, 100 Byrd Way, Greenwood. Jischke will invite questions and comments after a brief presentation on the implementation of the current strategic plan, which will conclude on June 30. All input is welcome, but Jischke has suggested five topics for the Johnson County session:

— How has Purdue benefited Johnson County, and what needs might be unmet?

— How can the university partner at the county level to accomplish even more?

— What do businesses, citizens and young people in Johnson County need from a major research university?

— What does Purdue need from Johnson County to help it accomplish mutual goals?

— How can Purdue improve its learning environment to better prepare students for the future?

The strategic plan initiatives of discovery, learning and engagement are funded through the $1.5 billion Campaign for Purdue, for which Purdue recently surpassed its goal.

• 2:15 p.m. — Visit Kelsay's Dairy Farm, 6848 N. 250 E., Whiteland. Kelsay Dairy Farm is a third generation operation that consists of approximately 2,000 acres of corn, corn silage, hay, wheat and soybeans. The dairy operation was updated about 1999 to accommodate a 500-cow milking herd. The farm uses modern computer technology for recordkeeping on each cow, which is milked three times a day. The farm employs approximately 10 people and hires consultants to help with decisions in veterinary work, soil testing and feed analysis. Farm owner and operator Merrill Kelsay is an Indiana Master Farmer who attended Purdue's College of Agriculture. He serves on the Johnson County Plan Commission Board and several state agricultural-related boards and organizations.

• 3:45 p.m. — Visit Nachi Technology Inc., 713 Pushville Road, Greenwood. Nachi Technology produces high-volume bearings used in automotive air conditioning. The company uses advanced technologies and lean manufacturing processes, for which Purdue's Technical Assistance Program provided training in 2005. Founded in 1989, the company employs 100 people and is a subsidiary of Nachi Fujikoshi Corp in Japan.

• 5:15 p.m. — Attend Purdue Alumni Association reception at the Valle Vista Golf Club and Conference Center, 755 E. Main St., Greenwood. Jischke and university officials will visit with Purdue alumni who reside in Johnson County. Alumni can register for the event online at http://purduealum.org/communityvisits/.

Jischke, who came to Purdue in August 2000, is the university's 10th president. He currently serves as past chairman of the Association of American Universities, which represents the top 62 research universities in North America, and is the current chair of the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors. He also serves on President George W. Bush's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

Additional appointments include the board of the American Council on Competitiveness and the national board of Campus Compact, an organization of university presidents and college deans that helps students learn about citizenship through community-service opportunities. In recognition of his service, the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges presented Jischke with its distinguished service award and an inaugural engagement and outreach scholarship award in November. The Indiana Chamber of Commerce also has honored Jischke and his wife, Patty, with its Volunteer of the Year Award.

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 Corp., and the Kellogg Commission on the Future of State and Land-Grant Universities.

He previously served for nine years as president of Iowa State University, another land-grant institution. Jischke's 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. During his tenure at Oklahoma, he served in multiple capacities. He became director of the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering in 1977. He also served as dean of the College of Engineering from 1981 to 1986, and was named the university's interim president in 1985.

Writer: Marydell Forbes, (765) 496-7704, mforbes@purdue.edu

Sources: Martin C. Jischke, (765) 494-2098

Victor L. Lechtenberg, (765) 494-9095, vll@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

Note to Journalists: To reserve a seat, contact Marydell Forbes, Purdue News Service, (765) 496-7704, mforbes@purdue.edu

Related Web sites:
Purdue Office of Engagement: http://www.purdue.edu/engagement

GrimmerSchmidt Industries: http://www.grimmerschmidt.com

Greenwood Community Schools: http://oak.gws.k12.in.us/

Nachi Technology Inc.: http://www.nachitech.com/index.html

Purdue Strategic Plan: http://www.purdue.edu/whatsnext/

Purdue Alumni Association: http://www.purduealum.org/

 

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