Executive-in-Residence (EiR) Program
University Residences established the Executive-in-Residence program at Purdue in 2014-15 to connect students to alumni industry leaders. Last year, UR brought four prominent execs and Purdue alumni to campus to live on campus in Third Street Suites for a week. The executives interact with and mentor students in various settings, from lecture halls and residence halls to dining courts and racquetball courts.
In the past year Purdue welcomed David Bevirt, senior vice president of leasing, Brookfield; Art Norins, founder and CEO, Nor1; Bridget Epp, vice president of sales, fine wine and education, Wente Vineyards; and Patrick Mosher, chief scientist for sales and marketing talent solutions, Accenture Strategy.
“Why did I decide to serve as executive-in-residence? The word ‘serve’ stood out to me. I think it’s about that in a lot of ways,” Epp said. “First and foremost, I’m giving back to Purdue, and I’m so grateful for what Purdue has given to me. They gave me the foundation for who I am. “Importantly, I’ve come to learn that something that’s really of high value to me is interacting with young people and seeing how I can help them, elevate them, and motivate them – make them think about what they’re all about and where they’re going.”
These business leaders cooperatively plan their visits with the Executive-in-Residence committee, organizing interactions with academic departments, Residential Life groups, and campus administrators based on each executive’s background and connections. Epp delivered presentations on sustainability, women’s leadership, and wine and food pairing during her week on campus and attended events with several student groups, including the Windsor Halls resident assistants, the same job Epp credits as her first ever leadership position during her undergraduate tenure. The Executive-in-Residence program gives students from diverse backgrounds the chance to learn from successful professionals in a more personal way not afforded by a classroom.
The Executive-in-Residence program exists to provide opportunities for students to make connections with successful Purdue alumni. While executives are serving "in residence,” students will engage with them in a variety of ways through both formal presentations and informal interactions. Executives will live among the students, immersing themselves in the student experience rather than in limited engagements. The hallmark of the program is students learning about how executives developed their approaches to leadership and forged a pathway from student to success story.
Students will be able to:
- Articulate at least one type of leadership style demonstrated by the executive
- Communicate whether the executive's leadership style is consistent with their own personal style of leadership
- Describe the path the executive took from Purdue to his/her successful career
- Identify one personal Purdue experience that will help their own path to success