Meet the Cabinet
Our leadership team is committed to the success of our students, faculty, and staff. They do this by creating a robust, challenging, and fulfilling educational atmosphere, and a rewarding work environment.
Ronald L. Elsenbaumer serves as the inaugural chancellor of Purdue University Fort Wayne. As an accomplished educator and researcher, Chancellor Elsenbaumer has more than 38 years of wide-ranging leadership experience, spanning both academia and the private sector. He previously served in senior leadership positions at the University of Texas at Arlington, including provost and vice president for academic affairs, vice president for research and federal relations, and senior advisor to the president for entrepreneurship and economic development.
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Enrollment Management
Carl Drummond previously held the position of associate vice chancellor for research and external support from 2002 until 2009, and then served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 2009 to 2014. Drummond has been a member of the Purdue Fort Wayne faculty since 1994. He earned his Ph.D. in geology from the University of Michigan in 1994.
Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Kristina Creager’s experience in higher education allows her to serve as an essential liaison between enrollment management, student success, student services, and student affairs—all of which contribute to our students’ college experience. She also cochairs the Strategic Plan Steering Committee.
Vice Chancellor for Financial and Administrative Affairs
As an administrator and a consultant, David Wesse has served more than a dozen higher-education institutions, including as vice chancellor at Louisiana State Alexandria University. He also served in management positions at the University of North Florida, Northwestern University, and Loyola University of Chicago.
Ruth L. Stone
Vice Chancellor for Development
Ruth L. Stone has extensive experience in helping organizations increase revenue, solve problems, and increase operating efficiencies. Most recently, she founded—and was the president of—her own consulting business. Before that, she was the chief development officer for Turnstone, a Fort Wayne nonprofit organization. Stone also served the university as the project manager for both the 50th-anniversary public-art project and Tapestry: A Day for You.
Vice Chancellor for Communications and Marketing
Jerry Lewis has three decades of experience in higher education. He served most recently as the senior vice president for communications and public affairs at Emory University, where he was responsible for branding, communications, marketing, and government and community affairs. He has also led communications and marketing teams at the University of Miami and the University of Texas at Arlington.
Chief of Staff to the Chancellor
Kimberly Wagner prioritizes matters of institutional importance on behalf of the Chancellor, in addition to managing operations within the Office of the Chancellor to ensure that urgent and immediate matters receive proper attention. Wagner also serves as the point of contact with internal and external constituents and offices, including the Purdue Board of Trustees; Purdue President’s offices; and local, state, and national elected officials on strategic initiatives that impact the university.