Barb graduated from Purdue with a degree in what is now hospitality and tourism management. She has been with Housing & Food Services in some capacity for her entire career and was named executive director in 2006. In this position, Barb oversees the director staff for administration, facilities, residential life, capital planning and operations. She works to ensure that students have a positive experience while living in our communities.
Since she became executive director, Barb has helped introduce diversity teams and safety committees in each residence hall. She has also been instrumental in two new programs. In 2010, she co-founded a program called UR Global, which helps ease the transition of incoming international students by facilitating their arrival and creating a mentor program for the their first year. Barb also initiated the Women’s Leadership Series, an event series created to help develop female student leaders and over 600 students and 120 staff have participated.
Barb loves her job because it allows her to lead an organization that makes a difference for students. She understands that college is a time for new experiences, self-discovery and growth – that students are here for more than a degree. She loves being able to give students the opportunity to find their own voices and identities and ultimately seeks to assist all students in being successful at Purdue.
After hours, Barb volunteers with the Food Finders BackPack Program, which provides food to families of local elementary schoolchildren. She is the co-chair of the local 100 Plus Women who Care program coordinated by the Community Foundation. She is also a member of Tri Kappa, a women’s philanthropic organization that supports culture, education and the arts in Tippecanoe County.
Barb’s husband, Chris, works in ItAp and they have two children. Ben is a graduate of Purdue and Vanderbilt and is now on staff at Vanderbilt, and Lizzy is a scholarship track athlete at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne.
“In addition to working, my other most important job is being a mom,” she said.