Purdue Club of SW Michigan hosts Purdue Provost Jay Akridge for Spring Meeting

Dr. Jay Akridge

Purdue Club of SW Michigan hosts Purdue Provost Jay Akridge for Spring Meeting

They Purdue Club of SW Michigan will hold its Spring meeting on Thursday, April 18 at Timothy’s Restaurant at 16409 Red Arrow Highway, New Buffalo, MI.

The guest speaker is Purdue Provost Dr. Jay Akridge.  Dr. Akridge is provost and executive vice president of academic affairs and diversity, with a faculty appointment as professor of agricultural economics.  He previously served for 9+ years as the Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture where he had administrative responsibility for the academic, research, extension, and international programs for the College.  Jay served as director of the Purdue Center for Food and Agricultural Business from 2000-2007, an interim vice provost for engagement at Purdue in 2007-2008 and as interim dean of agriculture in 2008-2009.

He currently serves a Chair of the Executive Steering Committee of AGriNovus Indiana and on the Board of Directors of Agriculture Future of America.  He is the recipient of the Charles Murphy Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching (1996) and is listed in Purdue’s Book of Great Teachers (2003). His research focuses on strategic management of food and agribusiness firms and adoption of new technology by agribusiness.  Dr. Akridge hold his bachelor’s degree from Murray State University and his master’s and doctorate in agricultural economics from Purdue University.

The dinner meeting will begin at 5:30 with a cash bar followed by recognition of this year’s Purdue Club scholarship recipients, a short business meeting, Dr. Akridge’s remarks and dinner.  The cost of the dinner is $20 per person.  Reservations can be made through the Club website www.PurdueAlum.org/SWMichigan.  Reservation deadline is Monday, April 18.

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