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    A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION congratulating Dr. Martin C. Jischke, President of Purdue University, on his retirement.


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First Regular Session 115th General Assembly (2007)


    A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION congratulating Dr. Martin C. Jischke, President of Purdue University, on his retirement.

    Whereas, during his seven years as president of Purdue University, Dr. Martin C. Jischke has led Indiana's land- grant university to a new level of preeminence;

    Whereas, his dynamic leadership and strong focus on strategic planning have strengthened every aspect of Purdue, to the benefit of its students and the State of Indiana;

    Whereas, Dr. Jischke has made economic development of our state one of his primary goals, encouraging the development of many new companies based on Purdue research;

    Whereas, he personally conceived of and led the development of Discovery Park, an interdisciplinary research and teaching center that is designed to accelerate the commercialization of new technologies in order to create new business in Indiana;

    Whereas, he has developed or significantly enhanced such initiatives as Advanced Manufacturing, the Technical Assistance Program and the Center for Regional Development, which directly benefit Indiana companies;

    Whereas, while skillfully managing his university's state appropriation, Dr. Jischke also has worked tirelessly to maximize other sources of revenue, doubling both private donations to the University and funding of research programs;

    Whereas, he has endeavored to create new educational opportunities for Hoosiers through programs like Science Bound, which encourages Indianapolis inner-city students to pursue the dream of higher education, and the Purdue Opportunity Awards, which offers scholarships to students of extraordinary need from every county;

    Whereas, Dr. Jischke has been both an eloquent spokesman for higher education in our state and a leader on the national scene through the Association of American Universities, the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges, the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and other organizations and committees;

    Whereas, he has led with distinction four different universities in four states;

    Whereas, as the son of a Chicago grocer and the first person in his family to earn a college degree, he has embodied through his life and work the American dream of achievement and service through education; and

    Whereas, he will retire from the presidency of Purdue University on June 30, 2007: Therefore,

Be it resolved by the Senate     of the General Assembly

of the State of Indiana, the House of Representatives     concurring:

    SECTION 1. That the General Assembly of the State of Indiana commends Dr. Martin C. Jischke on his career-long dedication to public

education, culminating with his tenure as president of Purdue University, and congratulates him on his retirement.
    SECTION 2. The Secretary of the Senate is hereby directed to transmit a copy of this Resolution to the Board of Trustees of the University and Dr. Martin C. Jischke.