* Purdue names Diaz executive VP for business and finance, treasurer
* Purdue trustee's gift will endow first named professorship in information technology
* Arizona State administrator selected to lead College of Education

May 29, 2009

Purdue trustees approve faculty appointments, new degree programs

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue University board of trustees on Friday (May 29) ratified the appointments of a distinguished professorship, two deans and a named professorship, and approved three new degree programs.

The board also elected Alphonso V. Diaz as its treasurer and ratified his appointment as Purdue's executive vice president for business and finance and treasurer.

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Diaz's appointment, which was announced April 14, takes effect July 1. He has been vice chancellor for administration at the University of California at Riverside. At Purdue he will oversee all financial affairs; business services; human resource services; physical facilities; auxiliary enterprises, including the residence hall system; internal audit functions; and will supervise the information technology enterprise jointly with the provost.

The board also approved changing Randy Woodson's title from provost to executive vice president for academic affairs and provost.

The change is being made to be consistent with similar positions at other universities around the country and to better reflect the position's overall senior administrative authority within the university.

The trustees approved the appointments of Arun Ghosh as distinguished professor of chemistry and medicinal chemistry and molecular pharmacology; W. Gerry McCartney as the first Olga Oesterle England professor of information technology; Maryann Santos de Barona as dean of the College of Education; and Carl N. Drummond as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of geology with tenure at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

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Ghosh, who has been at Purdue since 2005, is noted for his accomplishments in the areas of drug design, chemical synthesis of natural products, and development of new reactions and structure-based design of enzyme inhibitors. He advanced the theory of "backbone binding" to combat drug resistance. This conceptual work culminated in the development of Darunavir, the first FDA approved treatment for drug-resistant HIV/AIDS in 2006.

His work on memapsin 2 inhibitors resulted in the first clinical candidate for a disease-modifying treatment for Alzheimer's disease in 2007. His research group also is involved in the design of molecular therapeutics for emerging pathogens, such as SARS, and novel targets for cancer treatment.

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McCartney was appointed vice president for information technology and chief information officer in May 2007 after having served as the top information technology administrator in an interim capacity since July 2006.

He oversees Information Technology at Purdue, which is responsible for the planning and coordination of central computing and telecommunications systems on the West Lafayette campus, along with media production and distance-learning services.

The Olga Oesterle England Professorship was made possible through a $1 million gift from Purdue trustee William Oesterle. It is named in honor of his great aunt.

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Santos de Barona is currently senior associate dean for academic programs and personnel at Arizona State University's Mary Lou Fulton College of Education. Her appointment is effective July 1.

She previously served as interim director in the Division of Curriculum and Instruction at Arizona State and as professor of early childhood education, special education and school psychology. Her research interests include the assessment of ethnic minority children and adolescents, social skills development and training, high school completion and college attendance, and women's issues.

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Drummond, whose appointment is effective July 1, has most recently been associate vice chancellor for research and external support and professor of geology at IPFW.

He was the first IPFW senior administrator responsible for promoting research and industrial partnerships focused on research. He played a major role in the establishment of industry-supported endowed chair positions.

The trustees also approved three new degree programs:

* A master's degree in computer graphics technology. This College of Technology program will prepare students to demonstrate leadership in applied computer graphics professions and to advance knowledge in the application and teaching of computer graphics.

* A doctorate in youth development and agricultural education. A specialty in agricultural and Extension education is emerging, focused on providing a research base for agricultural and Extension education practice; preparing agricultural and Extension education practitioners; and developing curriculum leaders in agricultural and Extension education. This program will prepare students for expanding opportunities in this field, which generally require graduate study.

* A bachelor's degree in social work at Purdue University North Central. Students will complete a course of study in liberal arts and social and behavioral sciences. The program will prepare students to take on a variety of professional roles in public and private human service and social welfare programs and agencies. 

The Indiana Commission on Higher Education must approve the new degree programs.

The trustees also approved changing the name of the Department of Audiology and Speech Sciences at IPFW to the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. The new name more appropriately conveys the department's support for both audiology and speech language pathology.

Writer: Judith Barra Austin, 765-494-2432,

Sources: Randy Woodson, 765-494-9709,

Arun Ghosh, 765-494-5323,

W. Gerry McCartney, 765-496-2270,

Susan Alderman, IPFW media director, 260-481-6165,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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