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Jay Akridge

Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Diversity, Purdue University

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Jay Akridge is interim provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity, with a faculty appointment as professor of agricultural economics. He previously served for 8+ years as Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture where he had administrative responsibility for the academic, research, Extension and international programs of the College. Jay served as interim vice provost for engagement at Purdue in 2007-08 and as interim dean of agriculture in 2008-09.

Before moving into administration, Jay was the James and Lois Ackerman Professor of Agricultural Economics and served as director of the Center for Food and Agricultural Business and the MS-MBA in Food and Agribusiness Management program.

Jay currently serves as Chair of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) Policy Board of Directors and has served in a variety of leadership roles with APLU, the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, and regional research committees. In Indiana, he currently serves on the Executive Steering Committee of AgriNovus Indiana.

He is the recipient of the Charles Murphy Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching (1996) and is listed in Purdue's Book of Great Teachers (2003). Jay was named a University Faculty Scholar in 2000. His research focused on strategic management of food and agribusiness firms and adoption of new technology by agribusiness. Jay has worked with agribusiness managers in the areas of strategy and marketing in more than 20 countries. He received his master's degree and doctorate in agricultural economics from Purdue University and his bachelor's degree from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky.