The office of the Purdue University president has been spiffed up.
New carpet, LED lighting, audio/visual equipment and accessibility changes are providing a modern sheen and update to the suite that has been home to Purdue presidents since 1937.
For a few decades not much more than cleaning has gone in the southeast corner of Hovde Hall. The reason, said Sharon Whitlock, executive assistant to the president, is that there's never been a six-month gap between presidents. Former President France Córdova left the office in July and work began immediately after.
"We have dignitaries and other very important people visiting campus. This office may be the only place on campus that they see," Whitlock said. "We want to make sure we represent the university well."