Speaking at an Indianapolis business Wednesday, Governor Mitch Daniels refused to comment on reports that he will be the next president of Purdue University.
Daniels made it clear from the outset he didn’t feel it was appropriate to talk about his potential role at Purdue, refusing even to mention the position by name. But when asked about his record on higher education, the governor was happy to talk, saying he’s been a big booster of Indiana’s colleges and universities.
“I’ve proposed the biggest infusion of money to higher education anybody ever conceived of in this state,” he says. “We think it would have been a billion dollars or more. We couldn’t get the legislature to agree but that should be a signal of how important it is.”
Daniels also says the cuts in state funding to higher ed made during the last few years are not the reason tuition is increasing. The Purdue board of trustees’ vote and announcement on the next president is scheduled for Thursday.