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Ex-Purdue president to lead library strategy

December 14, 2007

Former Purdue University President Martin C. Jischke and his wife, Patty, will co-chair a strategic planning committee charged with identifying service and programming priorities as well as funding opportunities for the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library over the next five years.

The Jischke-led strategic planning process will begin in the first quarter of 2008. As part of the process, the Jischkes promised to solicit community input to help develop plans to meet the learning needs of a wide range of library patrons.

"Libraries are on the cutting edge of personal education and an essential element to a thriving, successful community," said a statement released by the couple.

"The better the public library, the better the community. We are thrilled to be asked to work with the community to help shape the planning for the continued improvement of this vitally important library, in the Indianapolis-Marion County area."

This past summer, Martin Jischke retired after seven years as Purdue president. He led the university through a seven-year strategic plan that generated more than $1.7 billion in private gifts and spurred major capital projects.

Those projects included the $350 million Discovery Park, a hub for interdisciplinary research for biosciences, the environment, nanotechnology, advanced manufacturing, cyber-infrastructure and health care engineering.

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