Dr. France A. Córdova

Cordova France
President Emeritus, Purdue University

Córdova became Purdue University’s 11th and first female president in 2007, leading it to record levels of research funding while expanding its role as a top research institution on the global stage. A professor of physics and astronomy, she has published more than 200 scientific and public policy journal articles and conference abstracts. She was co-principal investigator for a telescope experiment that is a cornerstone of the European Space Agency. She is the winner of NASA’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Medal.