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Robert leads Purdue’s Procurement, Real Estate, and Aviation operations, He has also been the driving force behind several innovative and strategic initiatives on Purdue’s West Lafayette campus including partnerships with Amazon, Aramark, Starship and Xerox. Previously, Robert worked at the Indiana Department of Administration (IDOA), where he served as commissioner from 2010 to 2013. In this position, he ran a key state agency responsible for extracting cost savings and creating efficiencies throughout state government. Robert received his bachelor's degree in business administration from Taylor University and his master's degree in information and communication sciences from Ball State University.