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Meet the

Academy Team


Steve Shelby joined the business school as the Director of the Larsen Leaders Academy in January 2020. Steve began his Purdue career in 1996, in the College of Agriculture, and has since worked in the University Development Office, Discovery Park, and Purdue Polytechnic Lafayette. Most recently he was on loan from Purdue to Conexus Indiana, focusing on workforce training for the manufacturing industry.

Originally from Lafayette, Steve is also part of a family farm operation that has been in Tippecanoe County since 1828. Prior to Purdue, Steve was in banking, specializing in the automotive sector. A graduate of Hanover College, he also holds an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Steve Shelby
Director of the Larsen Leaders Academy 
(765) 494-0351 


Brad Alge is an award-winning associate Professor of Management. In addition to teaching courses in organizational behavior, leadership and human resource management, he has done consulting for several major corporations.

A member of Notre Dame's national championship football team in 1988, Professor Alge serves as a local high school football coach. He earned his doctorate from Ohio State.

Brad Alge
Academic Director of the Larson Leaders Academy
Associate Professor of Management
(765) 494-4382 


Cara Cray joined the Larsen Leaders Academy staff after spending several years as logistics and outreach manager for Purdue Executive Education Programs. She believes a rich connection to campus and community is vital for students to succeed at Purdue. Working closely with program directors, her work is guided by her background in event planning and focus on the student experience, with students and faculty engaging together in creative ways that make lasting memories.

Cara Cray
Program Manager of the Larson Leaders Academy
(765) 496-2029