Director of Facilities
Andy Robison grew up in Noblesville, Ind., and was a first generation college student at Indiana State University. He studied to be a high school health and English teacher, but he ended up having so much fun in college that he never wanted to leave. He worked through college and was very involved in his fraternity and the student union board. He earned his degree in education before attending Miami University for his master’s degree in college student personnel.
Andy was a staff resident for two years and became familiar with the residence hall system and later went to work for his fraternity, Theta Chi, as a consultant. He worked at the University of New Hampshire and the Georgia Tech Institute of Technology before coming to Purdue. He brought with him 23 years of experience in higher education in residence halls, Greek houses, student organizations and fraternity management. He worked as a residential life manager a Purdue Village and later as the associate director of operations for Purdue Village and Hilltop Apartments. In 2007, he earned his doctorate in higher education administration and anthropology from Purdue.
As the director of facilities, Andy oversees the team of over 300 employees that handles all building functions. They take care of all maintenance and cleaning for the buildings, which includes everything from student rooms to building exteriors.
“We basically provide the environment for students to live and study and succeed in their academic pursuits,” Andy said. “The theory is, if we provide the best possible environment for them, then they’re going to have an even better education at the university.”
Andy considers himself a jack-of-all-trades. “In my career I’ve tried not to specialize in any one thing,” he said. “As a university generalist, I’ve always fancied myself someone who can do a number of different tasks, keeping the overall mission of our university in mind.”