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Daniels Plans To Learn His First Week As Purdue President

Mitch Daniels says his plans for his first few weeks on the job at Purdue University are to learn more about key issues the university is facing.

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Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels talks with students outside Stewart Center following the announcement that he will become Purdue University's 12th President.

During Mitch Daniels’ first day on the job as Purdue University’s president, he says he still has a lot to learn about the job and university.

Daniels says he has done much reading since his appointment last summer and met with many students and faculty members. Still, Daniels says he is not moving forward with a set agenda.

“To the extent that I have a plan for these early days and weeks, it is to start serious conversations around these themes and questions, these challenges to higher ed,” he says. “None of these questions are new hear. Many of these are already being addressed in pretty successful ways.”

Some areas Daniels says he would like to examine include a better way of getting Purdue technologies to the marketplace and reducing administrative costs.

One thing he will not do is represent Purdue at the Statehouse during the budget process.

“I’ll be interested in it of course, but for this session at least, we’ll ask others to represent the school,” he says. Daniels did respond to Governor Mike Pence’s proposed one-percent funding increase for higher education in the next state budget.

Daniels says he is glad it is an increase and thinks Purdue will work with whatever the legislature and governor decide.

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