From the Vice Provost

Kristina Wong Davis

As I write this, it’s my first week on the job and I’m sleeping on an air mattress. But I’ve never been more excited in my life.

I come to Purdue having devoted much of my professional career to higher education, and the opportunity to join such a high-functioning institution is a dream come true. No doubt, I have big shoes to fill. When my predecessor, Pam Horne graciously said I reminded her of her younger self, it was the highest of compliments.

Born and raised in Arizona, my grandparents came to this country as immigrants; my grandmother cleaned houses and my grandfather was a butcher. None of my grandparents had more than a middle school education and my grandmother would shake her finger at all the grandkids, telling us we had to do well in school. I have witnessed firsthand, the transformational power of education.

Purdue is on a different speed than other universities and innovation is part of the DNA. I am struck by the positive vibe in all departments, people are truly happy to be here. There is no other university I would rather serve.

During the coming months, I look forward to connecting with you, our most critical and valued partners. My door is wide open, so if you have ideas, thoughts or opportunities we need to jump on — please reach out.

As you may know, even before I walked through the door Purdue was planning some significant changes to admission processes – and this newsletter will give you the information you need to help your students. We’re going back to Early Action, and we’re moving to self-reported grades with freshman applications.

We believe both of these changes will benefit you and your students.  No more frantic visits to your office – “You have to send my transcript now; the deadline is tomorrow!” and a definitive date when Early Action applicants will have a decision (Jan. 15).

I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes from Theodore Roosevelt that resonates with me today more than ever, “Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”

If I haven’t already met you earlier in my career, I certainly hope I have the opportunity now that I’m a Boilermaker.


Kristina Wong Davis is the Vice Provost for Enrollment Management providing leadership to the areas of admissions, financial aid, the registrar and enrollment analysis and reporting.

She has held positions at a number of other public universities including the University of California San Diego, where she served as the Director of Admissions and worked to expand the number of California residents on campus and improve diversity. While with The Ohio State University, she provided leadership as the director of recruitment and outreach, overseeing local, national and international efforts to grow and diversify enrollment for Ohio State. Additionally, Wong Davis served in many capacities with University of Arizona including roles in admission, alumni and early academic outreach. As a higher education professional, she has served in roles with the ACT State Organization in California and the Midwest Regional Council for College Board.

Kris grew up in Tucson, Arizona and earned her bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of Arizona and her masters in elementary education and doctorate in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University.

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