Barb Frazee

Assistant Vice Provost for Student Life

Barb graduated from Purdue with a degree in what is now hospitality and tourism management. She has been with Housing & Food Services in some capacity for her entire career and was named executive director in 2006. In this position, Barb oversees the director staff for administration, facilities, residential life, residential education, dining, capital planning and operations. She works to ensure that students have a positive experience while living in our communities. In 2019, she was named assistant vice provost of Student Life.

Since she became executive director of University Residences, Barb has helped introduce diversity teams and safety committees in each residence hall. In 2010, she co-founded a program called UR Global, which helps ease the transition of incoming international students by facilitating their arrival and creating a mentor program for the their first year. Barb also initiated the Women’s Leadership Series, an event series created to help develop female student leaders and more than 600 students and 120 staff have participated. In 2017, she oversaw the launch of the Men's Leadership Series and she is thrilled at the success of both programs. She received the Helen B. Schleman Gold Medallion by the Barbara Cook Chapter of the Mortar Board at Purdue University and was named the recipient of the 2013-14 Violet Haas Award, becoming one of the few non-faculty members to earn the distinction. Barb was recognized with a Special Boilermaker Award from the Purdue Alumni Association in 2008. She is an honorary member of the Order of the Iron Key and Purdue Reamer Club.

Barb loves her job because it allows her to lead an organization that makes a difference for students. She understands that college is a time for new experiences, self-discovery and growth – that students are here for more than a degree. She loves being able to give students the opportunity to find their own voices and identities and ultimately seeks to assist all students in being successful at Purdue.

After hours, Barb volunteers with the Food Finders BackPack Program, which provides food to families of local elementary schoolchildren. She is the co-chair of the local 100 Plus Women who Care program coordinated by the Community Foundation. She is also a member of Tri Kappa, a women’s philanthropic organization that supports culture, education and the arts in Tippecanoe County.

Barb’s husband, Chris, works in ITaP and they have two children. Ben is a graduate of Purdue and Vanderbilt and is now on staff at Vanderbilt. Lizzy was a scholarship track athlete and graduate of Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne, and now works at Purdue.

“In addition to working, my other most important job is being a mom,” she said.