Parent Organization: Special Interest

The Old Masters Program is a unique and well-established annual event at Purdue University. It was created in 1950 when student leaders, business representatives, and university officials together defined success as "honesty, personal integrity, and a good philosophy." This sparked the idea to invite a group of ten successful and outstanding individuals to campus for the purpose of sharing ideas and experiences with the student body, thus comprising the first ten Old Masters. They have since been followed by over 500 eminent personalities helping this tradition at Purdue to strengthen and grow each year.

To Purdue students and faculty, an Old Master is an exceptional person who has made significant contributions to his or her own field. There is no typical Old Master, all walks of life are represented. It is not necessary for an Old Master to be a graduate of Purdue. Each person, however, possesses the same desire to share philosophies and experiences with Purdue students.

The Central Committee, comprised of twelve Purdue students and a faculty advisor, is responsible for the planning of the program. Throughout the year, preparations are made in anticipation of the Old Masters' arrivals in the fall. During their stay on campus, each Old Master is escorted by a group of hosts and hostesses chosen by the Central Committee. Their itinerary includes visiting classrooms and residence units and attending informal breakfasts, luncheons, and dinners. In these formal settings, Purdue students are encouraged to engage in open discussion with the Old Masters. 

Through the Old Masters program, we honor those who have given of themselves and achieved success. Ideas and inspirations continue to resonate in the hearts and minds of the students long after the Old Masters have become a part of Purdue's history.

Thanks for a great 2014 Old Masters Program!  Applications for the 2015 Old Masters Program will be available in late August!  

Check us out on our social media platforms:


Twitter: @PurdueOldMsters

Instagram: purdueoldmasters

Facebook: Purdue Old Masters


Welcoming the 2014 Old Masters 

Celeste Bottorff- VP of Global Health and Well Being at Coca-Cola Company

Scott Bracale- President, Tween Brands Inc.

Juan Ernesto De Bedout- Former President of Latin American Operations,                                                                      Kimberly Clark Corporation   

Cathie Kozik- Former CIO and Executive VP at Hub Group

John Madia- Executive VP for CH2M Hill 

Kevin Mayer- Executive VP, Chief Marketing Officer, BJ's Restaurants

Mark Polansky- Former NASA Astronaut

Tom Spurgeon- Former President and CEO of Lincoln Office, Chairman of Purdue's                                           Board of Trustees

Dr. Rukeyser Thompson- Section Head in Research & Development, Procter and                                                             Gamble.

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Contact Email
Address 1198 Third Street
Krach Leadership Center
West Lafayette, IN 47907
United States
Phone Number P:(765) 496-3463