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Jay T. Akridge
Jay Akridge serves as Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Diversity at Purdue University, with a faculty appointment as Professor of Agricultural Economics. As Purdue's Chief Academic Officer, he is responsible for all academic programs, academic strategy and priorities, faculty-related matters, student academic/co-curricular affairs, engagement, and diversity and inclusion initiatives. In this role, he leads the academic enterprise of the University with a total budget of approximately $1.8 billion, student enrollment of more than 50,000, 2,700 faculty members, and 8,000 staff. While Provost, he has led the university’s enrollment growth initiative, and expanded undergraduate enrollment from 31,000 in 2017 to near 38,000 in 2022. Through implementation and expansion of a number of student success initiatives, the 4-year graduation rate has increased from 58.5% in 2017 to 65% in 2021. Jay is currently leading the Transformative Education 2.0 project with a goal of redefining the undergraduate residential learning experience at Purdue and is co-leading the Equity Task Force which is focused on enhancing the representation, experience, and success of Black Boilermakers.
Jay previously served for 8+ years as the Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture where he had administrative responsibility for the academic, research, Extension, and international programs of the college, ranked number 6 in the U.S. in the QS World Rankings. While Dean, undergraduate enrollment grew 12% to 2,782 students and research expenditures grew 26% to $61M annually. He led development of two strategic plans and planning/fundraising for multiple facilities including the Creighton Hall for Animal Sciences/Land O’Lakes Experiential Learning Center ($60M).
Jay served as Director of the Purdue Center for Food and Agricultural Business from 2000-2007, and the MS-MBA in Food and Agribusiness from 1999-2009. He served as Interim Vice Provost for Engagement at Purdue in 2007-08, and as Interim Dean of Agriculture in 2008-09.
He currently chairs the Board of the Big10 Academic Alliance and has served in a variety of leadership roles with the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (including Chair of the Policy Board of Directors for the Board on Agriculture Assembly) and the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. Jay has served as Chair of the Executive Steering Committee for AgriNovus Indiana and on the Board of Directors of Agriculture Future of America. He is a member of the Farm Foundation Round Table where he has held a variety of leadership roles.
Jay is the recipient of the Charles Murphy Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching (1996) and is listed in Purdue’s Book of Great Teachers (2003). Jay was named a University Faculty Scholar in 2000 and was the James and Lois Ackerman Professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue before moving into administration. His research focuses on strategic management of food and agribusiness firms and adoption of new technology by farmer and agribusiness. Jay has worked with agribusiness managers in the areas of strategy and marketing in more than 20 countries. He earned his master’s degree and doctorate in agricultural economics from Purdue University and his bachelor’s degree in business administration and agriculture from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky.
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