Fred Klipsch, a 1964 alumnus with a bachelor’s degree in industrial education and a 2007 honorary doctorate in technology, has been selected to serve in the National Space Council’s new Users Advisory Group.
After being active in Air Force ROTC at Purdue, Klipsch was commissioned an officer upon graduation and served in the Air Force Space Systems Division in Los Angeles, testing satellite systems in space. During his career, Klipsch was an entrepreneur in two disparate industries: health care and consumer electronics. He purchased Hospital Affiliates in 1989 and successfully executed an initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange in 2002 under the name Windrose Medical Properties Trust. The company merged with Healthcare REIT in 2006, and he continues to be a member of its board of directors.
Also in 1989, Klipsch and his wife, Judy, purchased Klipsch Audio Technologies, a boutique home performance sound company. The company had achieved global recognition by the time it was sold in 2011.
“Fred’s selection to serve on the Users Advisory Group of the National Space Council is a great reflection of hi tremendous skills and his strategic thinking and experience in leading organizations,” said Gary Bertoline, dean of the Purdue Polytechnic Institute. “These are the same attributes Fred has graciously shared with the Polytechnic Institute while serving on the Dean’s Council for over 20 years.”