France Córdova Receives Honorary Doctorate from Purdue

"President Córdova has shown enormous commitment to protecting and enhancing the value of a Purdue degree and increasing opportunities for students," Purdue trustees chair Keith Krach said. "She's also been a good steward for Purdue in containing costs while generating new revenue sources."

Córdova came to Purdue from the University of California Riverside, where she served as chancellor from 2002-07. Before that, she was vice chancellor at the University of California Santa Barbara and the first female chief scientist at NASA.