Protect Purdue implementation team begins work

President Mitch Daniels announced today (May 20) the appointment of the Protect Purdue implementation team, which will work to develop the policies, procedures, guidelines, strategies, and tactics that will enable the University to further its discovery and learning missions in the safest possible ways during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Protect Purdue team, led by David Broecker, chief innovation and collaboration officer for Purdue Research Foundation, takes over from the Safe Campus Task Force, led by Deans David Hummels and Willie Reed, which provided a series of recommendations for the potential return of students to campus in August.

The Protect Purdue team is divided into seven working groups focused on specific activities and support needs. Working groups and their leaders are:

  • Learning and Instruction – Jenna Rickus, interim vice provost for teaching and learning
  • Student Experience – Beth McCuskey, vice provost for student life
  • Research – Theresa Mayer, executive vice president for research and partnerships
  • Buildings and Infrastructure – Mike Cline, senior vice president for administrative operations
  • Health Monitoring and Surveillance – David Broecker, chief innovation and collaboration officer, Purdue Research Foundation
  • Human Resources – Bill Bell, vice president for human resources
  • Communications – Ethan Braden, senior vice president for marketing and communications

Initial measures approved by the Purdue Board of Trustees on May 7 will drive the implementation. Additional protective measures will be proposed to the board at upcoming meetings on May 26 and June 11.

Current information can be found at the COVID-19 website.