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Since 1878, the Purdue Alumni Association has existed to champion personal, professional, and intellectual success in the lives of all Purdue alumni.
  • 1878—J. B. Harper founded the “General Alumni Association” so graduates could stay in touch. Harper served as the first president.
  • 1890—Purdue alumni clubs were founded in Chicago and Indianapolis to help keep Purdue connections strong with alumni away from campus.
  • 1912—Purdue alumni were active in fundraising campaigns to build the Purdue Memorial Union. It was dedicated in 1924.
  • 1914—The Purdue Bulletin, the first publication for alumni, was renamed Purdue Alumnus.
  • 1927—A state statute was officially enacted that added three alumni-elected trustees to the Purdue University Board of Trustees. George Ade (S’1887) had been the sole alumni trustee since 1909.
  • 1953—R.J. Rudolph (LA’48) became the first executive director of the Purdue Alumni Association.
  • 1958—Purdue’s athletic booster group, the John Purdue Club, was founded thanks to the involvement of the Purdue Alumni Association.
  • 1964—The Purdue Alumni Association hosted its first international tour, traveling with a group of alumni to Europe.
  • 2004—The Purdue Alumni Association moved to the Dick and Sandy Dauch Alumni Center on the south side of campus.
  • 2005—PASE (Purdue Alumni Student Experience) was launched. It quickly became the largest student group on the West Lafayette campus.
  • 2020—The Purdue for Life Foundation was created.
  • 2021—The Purdue Alumni Association joined the Purdue for Life Foundation.