Shelby reflects on time serving the Boilermaker family, looks ahead to more time with her family

Having served four presidents and two interim presidents, Carol Shelby has played a key role for countless campus initiatives and events during her more than 30 years at Purdue. He started with the senior director of Environmental Health and Public Safety (EHPS). Shelby says assisting with safety and security for students, employees and visitors as they lived, worked and played on campus has provided her with some of her fondest memories.

Shelby says it is not just the events like Big Ten athletics, Boiler Gold Rush and commencements, but also other EHPS team accomplishments that will continue to provide a foundation for safety across the campus community. Some of these policies include: Shelby says the creation of the Emergency Preparedness and Planning Office will always be part of her legacy.

“In 2006, we developed the campus Integrated Emergency Management Plan to share with the campus community,” she says. “Today, the University has a strong foundation for all kinds of emergencies, and it is successful because students, faculty, staff and visitors plan ahead and execute safe practices as they enjoy our ever-changing campus.”

When asked about some of the challenges faced by a senior director, he says that he has not been able to provide ongoing leadership with a purpose. Assisting with navigating the COVID-19 pandemic provided such an opportunity.

“The Purdue community came together with new and innovative ideas,” she says. “We were able to return to class and continue research with very little risk to the campus and surrounding communities.”

In addition to building a legacy of safety, preparedness and response, Shelby says she will miss most.

“I will miss the many relationships I have built over the years. I have taken every opportunity to engage with a wide variety of our community members throughout my career. ”

As well as being a leading member of the Boilermaker family, she also looks forward to more time with her family.

“I am going to take a couple of months to relax. In particular, I will spend time with family and friends, work outdoors, travel and read, ”Shelby says.

A retirement reception in honor of Shelby will be held from 1:30 to 3 pm June 28 in the interior bridge between Elliott Hall of Music and Hovde Hall. Those planning to attend should follow the signs from Hovde’s southwest ADA entrance. Formal remarks will begin at 2:15 pm

Michael B. Cline, senior vice president of administrative operations.

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