Dean's Advisory Council

Dean's Advisory Council, 2023–24

Current Members

  • William Causey
  • Joseph Ching
  • Elizabeth Eisele
  • Alex Francis
  • Sandra Haas
  • Monica Keyes
  • Yun Li
  • Roland Parrish
  • Stephen Pater
  • Miriam Prall
  • Dorothy Reed
  • Joanne Troutner
  • Andrew Zeller
  • Rochelle Zou
  • Sara Zou

Emeritus Members

  • James Abel
  • Roderick Baker
  • Robert Boehnlein
  • Jeffrey Bredeson
  • Sylvie Brouder
  • Mark Craig
  • Gary Creakbaum
  • Timothy DeBruicker
  • Barbara Edmondson
  • Priscilla Gerde
  • Richard Guidi
  • Barbara Hansen
  • Judith Tondi Herd
  • William Heston, III
  • Lawrence Hiler
  • Rebecca Hill
  • Susan Hodges DeNuccio
  • Connie Houin
  • Patty Jischke
  • Donald Kraft
  • Joy Matson
  • Betty Nelson
  • Charles Shook
  • Richard Thomas

Mission Statement

Academic research libraries have been repositories printed materials, movies, microfiche, audio and videotapes, photographs, and other artifacts. Now in the twenty-first century and the Digital Age, university libraries have become providers of electronic resources, including journals and databases, catalogues, and portals to worldwide resources at other institutions. We are living in an age of the "dual library," which means both physical space and virtual space.

Purdue's six subject-oriented libraries, the Hicks Undergraduate Library, and the Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center serve undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, citizens of Indiana, and scholars from around the world. We are the University's principal information provider and digital information broker. As such, our constituency is the entire Purdue community, both internally (faculty and students) and externally.

The dean of Libraries looks to the Dean's Advisory Council as an engaged and committed group to help accomplish the long range goal of becoming a world class library alongside peer institutions.


Members of the Dean's Advisory Council act as a leadership body for the advancement of Purdue University Libraries within the University and with outside constituents. Members serve upon the recommendation of the dean and at the invitation of the president. Members serve the Libraries by contributing in one or more of the following ways:

  • Learn about the various libraries and units on campus
  • Consult with and advise the dean on strategic issues relating to Libraries
  • Serve as sounding board for the dean
  • Advocate for and endorse the priorities of the Libraries with various constituents
  • Provide linkages and access to donors, including individuals, corporate and foundations
  • Share knowledge and expertise from various perspectives and segments of society


The Dean's Advisory Council will consist of at least 20 members, who are selected based on their ability and interest to provide leadership, to contribute financially, and to become actively involved in the work of the council. Each member will serve a three-year term with a possibility of reappointment for a second term. In addition, one faculty member and one student will serve as members of the council in an ex-officio capacity. One short term position is open to a professional who is an expert in an area of current discussion, as needed.

Members should represent leadership from various segments of the population from across the country, considering racial diversity, and looking at the following groups:

  • Corporate alumni
  • Former university administrators
  • Retirees
  • Presidents of Purdue Clubs
  • Former trustees, including student trustees
  • Former student body presidents
  • Young alumni (ages 30–50)
  • Government leaders
  • Nationally known alumni


The dean will select a chair to lead the council. Duties will include calling council meetings, identifying key issues for council's consideration, in consultation with the dean, and chairing council meetings. The chair may appoint ad hoc committees and recruit members to serve in volunteer leadership positions for the council as needs arise.


The Council will meet annually, usually in the fall and in the spring, on the West Lafayette campus of Purdue University. The meetings may extend from one day to two days, depending on the business to be addressed. Ad hoc committees may meet in between meetings of the council.

It is anticipated that council members will be responsible for their expenses with some meals provided.