President's Council Advisory Board

The President’s Council Advisory Board aids us in our mission of recruiting, retaining, and recognizing loyal donors, advocates, and volunteers who support Purdue University. Through their counsel, strategies are developed to keep the President’s Council family engaged and connected to campus, whether near or far.

Randy and Linda Shields

Randy and Linda Shields – President’s Council Chairs

The President’s Council is pleased to announce that Randy and Linda Shields will begin their term as President’s Council chairs in October 2019. To read more about the Shields, click here.

Meet the President’s Council Advisory Board

Brenton S. Bible
PC Advisory Board Member
BS College of Agriculture, 1998
Lafayette, IN

Brent owns and operates Stillwater Farms, which consists of 5,000 acres and produces commercial corn, seed corn, commercial soybeans, seed soybeans and popcorn. He also maintains a Beck’s Superior Hybrids seed dealership.

Brent currently serves as the District 4 representative on the Board of Trustees for Tipmont REMC.

Brent graduated in 1998 from the College of Agriculture. He was a member of FarmHouse Fraternity while he was a student at Purdue and served on the Grand Prix Foundation Student Board as Race Chairman in 1995. He is currently a member of the FarmHouse Foundation Board of Trustees and a former president of FarmHouse Fraternity International Executive Board.

Stacy A. Bible
PC Advisory Board Member
BS College of Pharmacy, 1997
Lafayette, IN

Stacy is a pharmacist. For more than 10 years, she worked with Indiana University Health Arnett. She currently works for the Kroger Company at a local Pay Less store.

Stacy graduated from the College of Pharmacy in 1997.

Dr. Richard A. Hazleton
PC Advisory Board Member
BS School of Chemical Engineering, 1964
MS School of Chemical Engineering, 1966
HDR College of Engineering, 1998

Mary Lou Hazleton
PC Advisory Board Member
BS College of Health and Human Sciences, 1965

Mary Lou had a successful career as a speech language pathologist, working in both the education and medical fields. She served on Purdue’s Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (SLHS) Advisory Board. She has also been involved with Women for Purdue and hosted events in Naples.

While a Purdue student, she served as president of Earhart Hall (then H-8), and participated in Student Union and Tomahawk. Mary Lou earned a master’s degree in Communication Disorders from Central Michigan University in 1987.

Mary Lou and Dick have four children. Their daughter, Mary Jane Eisenhauer, is a professor of early childhood education, and associate director of the School of Education and Counseling at Purdue Northwest, son Chris is a Delta Airlines captain, son Steve owns his own media-buying business, and son Greg teaches creative writing and American literature at Trinity University. Mary Lou and Dick are the proud grandparents of nine grandchildren.

Patsy J. Mellott
PC Advisory Board Member
BS College of Health and Human Sciences, 1969
Fishers, IN

Patsy retired from Kraft Foods in 2006 after 36 years in corporate food marketing and marketing service management.

Patsy is a community volunteer and serves as vice president for her community’s Discover Indianapolis Club. She is co-chair of the Perspectives Committee, Women’s Fund of Central Indiana. She is a former member of the Health and Human Sciences Alumni Board. She held several offices from 2006 through 2013, including president and treasurer. She is also a past member of the President’s Council Leadership Forum.

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

During her working career, Patsy received honors, including the American Culinary Federation Educational Foundation Award, the Kraft Foodservice Gold Medallion, and the Kraft Superior Achievement Award.

Patsy earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Food and Nutrition in Business in 1969 and an MBA in Food Marketing from Michigan State University in 1970.

In addition to endowing two scholarships, Patsy J. Mellott Scholarship and Patsy J. Mellott HHS Scholarship, in 2013, she established The Patsy J. Mellott Teaching Innovation Award in the College of Health and Human Sciences. In 2015, she endowed the Patsy J. Mellott Women’s Tennis Coach Performance Award.

Barbara A. Meyer
PC Advisory Board Member
BA College of Liberal Arts, 1992
West Lafayette, IN

Barb is a stylist with Cabi Clothing, a women’s apparel brand based in Los Angeles. She was a four-year member of Grand Prix while at Purdue serving as Director of Promotions her senior year.

Barb graduated from the College of Liberal Arts in 1992.

Barb met Scott when they were both Purdue students, and they have three children—Nicholas, Riley, and Shelby (BS Science 2018). Their daughter Riley is a senior studying marketing in the Krannert School of Management. They love living near campus and being connected to the Purdue community through their church St. Thomas Aquinas and hosting events for Zucrow Graduate Students.

Scott E. Meyer
PC Advisory Board Member
MS School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1992
BS School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1990
West Lafayette, IN

After eight years of running wind tunnel and rocket engine testing for defense contractors, Scott returned to Purdue in 2001 to begin work at Zucrow Laboratories. Working with Zucrow faculty and graduate students, Scott lead the development of new high-pressure propellant systems and testing capabilities. In 2009, he was named the managing director of Zucrow. Scott lead the collaborative design effort to construct the High Pressure Combustion Lab, which was completed in 2017. He was recently tapped by the EVPRP to support the design and execution of the new Hypersonics & Applied Research Facility which will be constructed at Zucrow Labs.

Scott received his BS in 1990 and his MS in 1992 from the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics. While a Purdue student, he was a member of FarmHouse social fraternity and performed graduate work at Zucrow Labs, then known as the Thermal Sciences and Propulsion Center. Most recently, in 2019, Scott was given an AAE Outstanding Aerospace Engineer award.

Dr. Thomas J. Sheehan, Jr.
PC Advisory Board Member
Dr. Thomas J. Sheehan, Jr.
HDR Purdue Polytechnic Institute, 2008
MS School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 1965
BS School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 1964
Kokomo, IN

Tom held a 40-year career with General Motors, which included three years of service as the COO of Delco Electronics from 1995 until his retirement in 1998. Toward the end of his career, he was directing the activity of more than 33,000 employees in 12 countries. He was retired for 30 days when he joined Syndicate Sales Inc. as their President, which supplied items for the floral industry. He subsequently retired from Syndicate Sales in 2001.

Tom currently serves on the President’s Council Advisory Board and the Purdue Polytechnic Institute Dean’s Council. He was previously a member of the Engineering Advisory Council. Tom is also involved with various other private boards and community activities.

In 1962, Tom earned his bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from General Motors Institute (GMI – which is now known as Kettering University) before attending Purdue.

Judith Sheehan
PC Advisory Board Member
Kokomo, IN

Judy graduated from IU Med Center in 1960 and held a long career as an X-Ray Technician, a career from which she is now retired. She and Tom married in 1962, just before coming to Purdue to allow Tom to pursue a master’s degree in electrical engineering. They have 4 wonderful children.

Judy currently serves on the President’s Council Advisory Board. She enjoys volunteering with their church, the Literacy Coalition of Howard County, and Samaritan Caregivers, an organization offering senior citizen assistance services. She also enjoys water aerobics.

Linda Haldrup Shields
PC Advisory Board Member
BS College of Pharmacy, 1977
Fishers, IN

Linda is involved in the McDonald’s family business as the business manager, overseeing banking, healthcare and billing.  She has been instrumental in their growth as an organization for over 20 years.

Prior to joining McDonald’s, Linda practiced pharmacy in the retail and managed care areas.

Linda has been involved in various organizations in the area including school and church programs. A most treasured involvement was serving as President of the Indianapolis Zoo Guild.

As a student at Purdue, Linda was active on campus through Kappa Kappa Gamma social sorority and Panhellenic rush.

Randy and Linda met at Purdue while undergrads in the College of Pharmacy.  They have raised 3 children who are married, two of which attended Purdue and added two more Purdue spouses to the family.  They have 4 grandchildren and reside in Fishers, Indiana.

Randall C. Shields
PC Advisory Board Member
MSM Krannert School of Management, 1977
BS College of Pharmacy, 1975
Fishers, IN

Randy is a 20 year McDonald’s Franchisee with restaurants in the Indianapolis, Indiana area.  He has served on numerous co-op regional and divisional leadership teams, as well as being a member of the Ronald McDonald House Board.  He is on the Indiana Restaurant and Hotel Association Board and the Indiana High School Basketball Hall of Fame Board. He has also served on the Purdue Athletic Advisory Council.

Prior to joining McDonald’s, Randy worked for 17 years in various management positions with Eli Lilly & Company.

As a student at Purdue, Randy was honored to be a student athlete on the Men’s Basketball team which in his senior year won the 1974 N.I.T. Championship.  He was also active on campus through Omicron Delta Kappa (Leadership Honorary), The Old Master’s Program (host) and Theta Chi social fraternity.

Joanne J. Troutner
PC Advisory Board Member
Joanne J. Troutner
MS College of Liberal Arts, 1976
BA College of Liberal Arts, 1974
Lafayette, IN

Joanne retired from the Tippecanoe School Corporation as the director of Technology and Media. She now works as a consultant through her company, Creative Computer Enterprises. She gives curriculum and technology presentations at local, district, state, and national conferences. Her iPad for Educators course is especially popular. She wrote an Internet resource column for the international publication Teacher Librarian for 13 years and is the author of the book “The Media Specialist, The Microcomputer, and The Curriculum.” Joanne has also served as a grant reviewer and member of a telecommunications panel for the Department of Education. In 2009, she was recognized with a President’s Council Distinguished Pinnacle Award.

While a student, Joanne’s activities included Phi Delta Kappa (professional association for educators), Phi Beta Kappa (academic honor society), ROTC Angel Flight, and Mortar Board. She currently serves on the advisory board for the College of Education. She is also a mentor for the Purduettes. Joanne was a computer education and English composition instructor at Purdue.


President’s Council Past Chairs

  • Dr. Eugene P. Berg, 1972–74
  • Dr. Charles J. Waidelich, 1974–76
  • Mr. N. George Belury, 1976–77
  • Dr. Ralph E. Bailey, 1977–78
  • Mr. Richard A. Vining, 1978–79
  • Dr. Paul F. Oreffice, 1979–80
  • Mr. Joseph D. Harnett, 1980–81
  • Mr. C. Richard Petticrew, 1981–82
  • Mr. John C. Jamison, 1982–83
  • Mrs. Virginia K. Karnes, 1983–84
  • Dr. James R. Zapapas, 1984–85
  • Mr. Jerry D. Semler, 1985–86
  • Mr. L. Walter Houston, 1986–87
  • Dr. Richard W. Hansen, 1987–88
  • Dr. James F. Schorr, 1988–89
  • Mr. James E. Dora, Sr., 1989–90
  • Dr. W. Brooks Fortune, 1990–91
  • Dr. Richard B. DeMars, 1991–92
  • Mr. John J. Benish, 1992–93
  • Mr. Edgar B. Olson, 1993–94
  • Dr. Lorene Burkhart, 1994–95
  • Mr. John A. Bratt, 1995–96
  • Dr. Daniel J. Meyer, 1996–97
  • Mr. Forest J. Farmer, 1997–98
  • Mr. Bennet R. and Mrs. Maxine R. Miller, 1998–99
  • Dr. Donald A. Roach, 1999–01
  • Mr. William Cordier, 2001–02
  • Dr. Susan B. Butler, 2002–04
  • Dr. Robert L. and Mrs. Terry L. Bowen, 2004–05
  • Dr. Susan and Mr. Bryan A. Erler, 2005–07
  • Dr. Pete S. and Mrs. Sally E. Kay, 2007–09
  • Mr. Gerald Gentry, 2009–10
  • Dr. Christopher Burke, 2010–11
  • Mrs. Jeannie Chaney, 2012–14
  • Mr. Rick and Mrs. Tanya McNamee, 2014–16
  • Ms. Joanne Troutner, 2016–19