Barbara J. Alder

Barbara J. Alder, Director of Purdue’s Office of Engagement for Metropolitan Indianapolis since April 2012, is the former Location Director for the Purdue University College of Technology (now Purdue Polytechnic Institute) 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 focusing on economic development, K-12 STEM education, and the advancement of women and girls:

In addition, Alder has been instrumental in launching STEM educational programs for K-12, collegiate and adult students through strategic partnerships throughout central Indiana including: