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Matt FolkMatt Folk is the President and CEO of the Purdue for Life Foundation. Additionally, Matt serves as Vice President of University Advancement and Alumni Engagement at Purdue University, reporting directly to the President.

The Purdue for Life Foundation acts for the benefit of Purdue University and its alumni. The foundation itself encompasses the Purdue Alumni Association; the University Development Office, including the President’s Council and John Purdue Club; and Alumni Services, Alumni Lifetime Learning, and Alumni Campus Living. As CEO, Matt oversees all aspects of alumni-facing organizations and fundraising for Purdue University, including communications, learning, engagement, and stewardship.  

Prior to being named CEO of the Purdue for Life Foundation, Matt was President and CEO of Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC). TMC is a large sales and marketing firm, representing many semiconductor and electromechanical components. Matt held engineering, distribution, sales management, divisional VP, and corporate management job functions, including multiple CEO stints during his 28-year sales and marketing career. 

Matt is a 1991 Electrical Engineering graduate of Purdue University, and he has been heavily involved with his alma mater ever since. For many years, he has served as President for the Boiler Business Exchange of Indianapolis, a group of over 2,000 business owners who are all graduates or die-hard fans of the university. Goals of the group are to drive visibility and increase engagement in the central Indiana area and facilitate business-to-business exchange for alumni. 

In this position, Matt was in charge of many highly successful engagement and fundraising activities for the university. Additionally, Matt is a longtime member of Purdue President’s Council, an active Lifetime Member of the Alumni Association, and has been responsible for multiple scholarships on campus. Lastly, Matt is a passionate Purdue fan and long-term member of John Purdue Club, where he serves on the Brees National Executive Leadership Committee. In 2016 Matt named the Purdue Soccer Fields in memory of his parents, Loren and Donna.

Matt and wife Mary live on their nearby horse farm. Their daughter, Naomi, is a May 2021 graduate of Purdue’s nursing program.

Purdue for Life Foundation

Patsy J. Mellott

BS College of Health and Human Sciences, 1969
Fishers, IN

Patsy earned a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition in business from Purdue in 1969, in addition to an MBA in food marketing from Michigan State University in 1970. She retired from Kraft Foods in 2006 after 36 years in corporate food marketing and marketing communications management.

A community volunteer, Patsy serves on the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana Advisory Board and the Purdue College of Health and Human Sciences Dean’s Leadership Council, in addition to the President’s Council Advisory Board. She is a former member of the Health and Human Sciences Alumni Board. Patsy held several offices from 2006 through 2013, including president and treasurer. She serves her community’s Discover Indianapolis Club in Fishers, holding several leadership roles for over 10 years.

Patsy has received several honors, including the Purdue University Nutrition Science Department Hall of Fame recipient in 2009 and the Purdue University College of Health and Human Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award in 2016. She also received the college’s Gold and Black Award in 2016, an honor reserved for donors who have moved the college forward by committing exceptional financial resources.

In addition to endowing two scholarships, the Patsy J. Mellott Scholarship and Patsy J. Mellott HHS Scholarship, she established the Patsy J. Mellott Teaching Innovation Award in the College of Health and Human Sciences in 2013. In 2015, she endowed the Patsy J. Mellott Women’s Tennis Coach Performance Award. She is a lead donor in the Christine M. Ladisch Faculty Leadership Award and the Purdue Women’s Network Virginia C. Meredith Scholarship for the College of Health and Human Sciences.