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Diversity Leadership Team (Organization Chart)

Jay T. Akridge

Jay T. Akridge, PhD

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Diversity

Jay Akridge is provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity, with a faculty appointment as professor of agricultural economics. He previously served for 8+ years as Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture where he had administrative responsibility for the academic, research, Extension, and international programs of the College. Jay served as interim vice provost for engagement at Purdue in 2007–08 and as interim dean of agriculture in 2008-09.

Before moving into administration, Jay was the James and Lois Ackerman Professor of Agricultural Economics and served as director of the Center for Food and Agricultural Business and the MS-MBA in Food and Agribusiness Management program.

Jay currently serves as Chair of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) Policy Board of Directors and has served in a variety of leadership roles with APLU, the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, and regional research committees. In Indiana, he currently serves on the Executive Steering Committee of AgriNovus Indiana.

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). Jay was named a University Faculty Scholar in 2000. His research focused on strategic management of food and agribusiness firms and adoption of new technology by agribusiness. Jay has worked with agribusiness managers in the areas of strategy and marketing in more than 20 countries. He received his master’s degree and doctorate in agricultural economics from Purdue University and his bachelor’s degree from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky.


Joan Fulton

John Gates, PhD

Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion

John Gates joined Purdue University in early 2019 as the Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and a clinical professor in the Krannert School of Management.

Prior to his appointment at Purdue, Gates had served as the inaugural associate dean in the University of Virginia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. He was responsible for diversity, inclusion and engagement strategy. He also provided leadership in the recruitment and retention of faculty and graduate students from underrepresented minorities and guidance for diversity in curriculum development and programming.

Other prior academic posts include serving as associate dean for administration and finance at Harvard College, Harvard University and special assistant to the president and provost at the University of Vermont, where he focused on strategic initiatives, change management and diversity. He also held a series of positions with increasing responsibility at New York University, culminating with his role as executive director of global operations.

Gates also launched and led his own consulting firm, Criticality Management Consulting, where he advised corporate clients on a range of workforce issues.

A native of Gary, Indiana, Gates received a bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College, a master’s degree from New York University and a Ph.D. from the University of London.

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