Purdue Dedicates the Krach Leadership Center

Keith Krach Leadership Center

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – On Saturday (Sept. 27) Purdue University dedicated the Krach Leadership Center, a key resource to help students succeed inside and outside the classroom so they can earn their degrees on time and develop leadership skills that will serve them through their lives.

“The Gallup-Purdue Index shows how critical the student experience is beyond the classroom and through the campus activities in which students engage,” said Purdue President Mitch Daniels. “A student excellence and leadership center demonstrates Purdue’s commitment to that entire experience. Students will be able to find resources and support to develop and enhance their leadership skills, which will contribute to their success in the classroom as well.”

The Gallup-Purdue Index is an survey of college graduates to learn how their college experiences affected their careers and lives.

This summer, Purdue’s Board of Trustees approved naming the 81,500-gross-square-foot facility in honor of Keith Krach for his business, philanthropic and university leadership. He is the board’s former chairman and a Purdue alumnus. In addition to various academic and athletic contributions to Purdue, Krach and his wife, Metta, gave $10 million toward the building’s construction.

“Leadership isn’t a title. It is an array of actions, traits and values aligned to make a positive difference in people’s lives,” said Keith Krach, who earned an industrial engineering degree from Purdue in 1979 and an MBA from Harvard in 1981. “Respect. Integrity. Courage. Ambition. Teamwork. It is my fervent hope that the Krach Leadership Center will stand as a home for active exploration and participation where student success organizations and programs will inspire every Purdue student to develop his or her unique leadership skills. We are proud our investment will provide this environment to help launch tomorrow’s leaders into lives of passion, purpose, success and fulfillment.”

Krach is currently the chairman and CEO of DocuSign in San Francisco, former chairman of the board for Angie’s List, and the founder and former CEO of Ariba. He served on the Purdue Board of Trustees from 2007-2013 and as its chairman for two terms.