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Michelle Bates joined the Purdue for Life Foundation in 2019 as Assistant Vice President for IT, CRM, and Data Analytics. She oversees the day-to-day technical services and sets and drives the long-term technical strategy for the Foundation.

Michelle has held various technical and leadership positions over twenty years in both the higher education and financial services sectors. Prior to her current role, Michelle served as the Director of the Project Management Office within Purdue Information Technology, setting strategic direction, driving maturity and quality in both project delivery and project portfolio management, and overseeing the project management teams.

Michelle earned her bachelor’s degree in management from Purdue’s Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business while minoring in information systems, and she earned a master’s degree in technology leadership and innovation from Purdue’s Polytechnic Institute. She also holds an MBA certificate and maintains a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. Michelle is passionate about the strategic value of IT and emphasizes the people side of the technology profession.