On the eve of Purdue University President France Córdova's departure after five years, a series of public and private events is being held to honor her this week and included the unveiling Friday of a bronze bust of the outgoing president.
"We want to really celebrate and thank somebody who will always be a legend here," said Keith Krach, chairman of the Purdue board of trustees. "And leave a legacy that will absolutely last a lifetime."
Córdova, Purdue's 11th president and first female president, will step down July 15 after five years leading the statewide system. The search continues for her successor.
Krach and others Friday lauded Córdova for overseeing an increase in student academic achievements and record levels of research funds, and establishing a new 10-year funding model. He also credited her courage and leadership with navigating the school through difficult times.