I am excited to greet you on these pages in my first full
academic year at Purdue. I sincerely appreciate the warm
welcome I’ve received from the many faculty, staff, students,
and alumni I’ve met so far. I’m grateful for your dedication
to our College—a dedication that extends not merely to
the work in front of us, but to being a force for good in the
world. This commitment has been a hallmark of my
academic career, and I think it provides a roadmap for
Purdue Liberal Arts as we move forward together.
Helping to create a productive, educated, and engaged
citizenry was the central reason for the passage of the
Morrill Act, which created Purdue University and the idea of
comprehensive, research-intensive land-grant universities.
To carry out this commitment, I’d like to broadly outline
some of our goals. We will:
Tell our story better. We must articulate the benefits
of studying the Liberal Arts in ways that resonate
with prospective students and parents, as well as
potential employers. We are also increasing our efforts
to communicate effectively across the University and
outwardly, stepping up as a voice in the national
conversation to champion the Liberal Arts.
Ensure that our students graduate with sought-after,
tangible, evident skills that will help them secure
jobs and grow throughout their careers. We’ll work to
increase the number of Liberal Arts students engaged in
undergraduate research. We’ll also create opportunities for
students to interact with alumni mentors in the months
ahead, because the Gallup–Purdue Index shows that this
type of engagement helps students thrive in their careers
and general well-being.
Champion the teaching and research accomplishments
of Liberal Arts faculty (as well as our staff, students, and
alumni). We will do so in part with two new funds I have
set up: one to support scholarship and creative activity
domestically and internationally, and another that will
assist our faculty to develop new, forward-looking minors
and certificates, as well as polishing and improving
The College of Liberal Arts must push all Purdue students
intellectually, challenging them to think broadly and lead
boldly in an increasingly complex world. It is incumbent
upon those of us who believe in the potential for this College
to be a force for good in the world to breathe life into those
words. I thank you for lending your creativity, your talent,
your intellect, and your passion to define and explore the
place of Purdue Liberal Arts in the world.
DAVID A. REINGOLD
Justin S. Morrill Dean
Photo by Mark Simons.