A Message from Dean Akridge

Ever True to Land-Grant Mission

Published November 6, 2015

Dean Jay Akridge
Dean Jay Akridge

In announcing "Ever True: The Campaign for Purdue University," President Mitch Daniels invited the entire Purdue family to support the largest fundraising effort in the university's history to "elevate our university's reputation for research excellence and intellectual achievement in a new era of accountability in higher education."

The College of Agriculture has been fortunate over the years to have so many alumni and friends who give their generous support. It helps us prepare students for careers that will make an impact, stretch the frontiers of science to find solutions for many of our most pressing global challenges, and, through Purdue Extension and engagement programs, help the people of Indiana, the nation and the world strengthen their lives and livelihoods.

You will see evidence of this in Agricultures, with these articles illustrating the breadth and scope of just some of Purdue Agriculture's important work:

  • Purdue Extension has a long history of service to our military veterans and their families through many programs, the latest of which helps veterans get established in agriculture.
  • Students' time at Purdue is not limited to the classroom and the pursuit of good grades; we strongly encourage them to work summer internships and get involved in other "transformational experiences" that will help them become the strongest job candidates they can be.
  • The Purdue Improved Crop Storage project, known as PICS, has helped smallholder farmers in East and West Africa not only improve their livelihoods but also provide more food for their communities and themselves year-round. The crop-saving bags have been received so well that they are the focus of an annual celebration in Burkina Faso.

With the help of our supporters throughout this campaign, we will remain ever true to our land-grant mission of furthering education, research and outreach to help people right down the street, throughout the state, across the country and around the world.

Jay Akridge

Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture