Barbara J. Alder, Director of Purdue’s Office of Engagement for Indianapolis since April 2012, is the former Location Director for the Purdue University College of Technology in Anderson and Richmond, IN. Prior to joining Purdue, Alder’s career spanned 26 years with Verizon Communications (formerly GTE), where she held positions of increasing responsibility in internal audit, customer and network operations, launching new ventures, and regulatory compliance. Prior to joining GTE, she served in Admissions and Financial Aid at Hanover College.
Alder is active in community service, currently serving on the following Boards of Directors:
She is also a member of the Indianapolis downtown Rotary Club and the Venture Club of Indiana. Previously she served on the Madison County Education Coalition steering committee, where she chaired the College Readiness Committee; was a former member of the Boards of Directors for the Madison County Chamber, the Anderson Education Foundation, the Anderson Impact Center, Inc., and the Paramount Heritage Foundation, where she most recently served as that organization’s Vice President. Through the University, she maintains active memberships with the Indianapolis, Madison County, OneZone (Fishers/Carmel), and Greenfield Chambers of Commerce.
Alder recently completed six years on the Hanover College Alumni Association Board of Directors, where she served one year as the organization’s President and one year as the alumni representative on the College’s Board of Trustees. Prior to 2011, she served as a SCORE small business counselor with the Anderson Chapter #519 and on the Grant Committee for the Hancock County Community Foundation’s Women’s Fund. In 2008, Alder was the Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Madison County. She also served as a math tutor at Alexandria Middle School during the 2007-2008 academic year. Over the course of her career, Alder has volunteered with many organizations including United Way, Junior Achievement, Broad Ripple Arts Fair, Indiana Repertory Theatre, and she served as President of Keystone Crossing Kiwanis Club in Indianapolis.
A native of Henry County, Indiana, Alder graduated from Tri Jr.-Sr. High School. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from Hanover College and a Master of Science degree in business administration from Indiana University at Fort Wayne.