Purdue Introduces 11th President - President France A. Cordova
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An internationally recognized astrophysicist who is chancellor of University of California, Riverside, was chosen Monday, May 7, as the 11th president of Purdue University.
The Purdue Board of Trustees, meeting on the Loeb Playhouse stage, voted unanimously to hire France A. Córdova and then brought her on stage to the music of "Hail Purdue."
Córdova, 59, has served at Riverside since 2002, coming from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she had been vice chancellor for research and a professor of physics for six years. Before that, she was the youngest person to hold the position of NASA chief scientist, working on projects that included the Hubble Space Telescope.
J. Timothy McGinley, chairman of Purdue's Board of Trustees, announced Córdova's selection after a seven-month search for a successor to Martin Jischke, who will retire on June 30 after serving as Purdue president since Aug. 14, 2000. Read more here.