Purnell will oversee both departments, as he has done since last fall, when he became the acting director of Military Student Services.
Over the course of the current academic year, Purnell will have an active role in developing a strategic plan to identify how to move both departments forward in meeting the needs of students at NIU. Collaborating with students and other key constituencies will be an essential component for informing this strategic plan.
His career in higher education has included work with Housing & Dining, Career Services, Student Involvement & Leadership Development and retention programs.
“During his time on campus, Mr. Purnell has consistently worked to identify programming and resources to assist students in successfully transitioning to NIU.”