May 31, 2007

Purdue president to discuss strategic plan successes

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue President Martin C. Jischke on Wednesday (June 6) will discuss the impact of the university's six-year strategic plan that comes to a close this summer.

From 2-3 p.m., during his last scheduled appearance as president on WBAA radio's live call-in show "AM 920 Magazine," Jischke, along with his wife, Patty, will field questions from host David Bunte and the listening audience. Jischke will detail how the Campaign for Purdue has helped fuel the plan's campus-wide growth.

"Purdue has increased the number of its academic programs and faculty, the size and quality of its freshman class, the amount of scholarships and financial aid, decreased the student-to-faculty ratio and increased the percentage of students who graduate," Bunte said. "Seven hundred fifty million dollars in new and remodeled facilities have been completed or are in process or planning, the amount of annual research award money has nearly tripled and Purdue Research Park and Discovery Park continue to expand."

To ask questions, local listeners can call (765) 496-1999. Listeners outside the local calling area can call toll-free at (866) 922-2101. WBAA's AM signal reaches approximately two-thirds of Indiana and can be heard globally via the station's Web site at https://www/

Jischke typically is heard on the show on the first Wednesday of each month discussing community and university issues. Past interview topics have included diversity initiatives, campus safety and international programs. Previous interviews are archived on the station's Web site.

Writer: Jim Schenke, (765) 494-6262,

Sources: Jim Vruggink, director of special projects, (765) 494-2086,

David Bunte, (765) 494-3961,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

Note to Journalists: Photographers and videographers are permitted in the studio for the broadcast by contacting WBAA at (765) 494-5920 in advance. Reporters interested in asking questions before or after the show should contact Jim Vruggink, director of special projects, at (765) 494-2086,

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