A retired executive from Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE: PG) and former finance instructor has made a significant donation to Purdue University. As a result, the Leadership and Professional Development Initiative director position and the Leadership Experience at Purdue program will be named for Roger Stewart.
The price of the gift if not being announced publicly. Stewart graduated from Purdue in 1971 and earned a master’s from the Krannert School of Management. He later spent 30 years at P&G, becoming vice president of global treasury. Stewart later taught finance at Krannert from 2005-2013. He currently serves as student affairs specialist in the Office of the Dean of Students.
Stewart said "looking back, Purdue graduates are always impressed with their academic preparation by comparison to our peer and aspirational schools. Recruiters agree. The Purdue work ethic serves us all well, whether in the workplace or graduate/professional school. However, hiring firms and graduate/professional schools are challenging all universities to place more emphasis on so-called ‘soft skill’ development, among them communications, understanding the importance of diversity, thinking globally, ethics. Purdue’s new Leadership and Professional Development program – designed by faculty, staff, students and top recruiters – creates a best-in-class program on those soft skills. We are excited to introduce this to the incoming class of 2020 during their orientation this fall."
The Roger C. Stewart Director of the Leadership and Professional Development Initiative helps students receive leadership training through on-campus co-curricular and programs. The Roger C. Stewart LEAP program involves leadership and professional development experience for first-year students.