Daniels Says His Purdue Contract Should Be Performance-Based

The governor says he wants his contract as Purdue University's next president to be an example of increased accountability in higher education.

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Photo: Steven Yang/Purdue University

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels speaks in Loeb Playhouse after being elected Thursday, June 21, 2012, by Purdue Board of Trustees as the university's 12th president. Seated is Trustees chair Keith Krach.

As the Purdue Board of Trustees prepares to vote on Governor Mitch Daniels contract as the school’s new president, Daniels says he has insisted it be based largely on his performance in the position.

Daniels first mentioned a performance-based contract right from the time he was announced as Purdue’s next president. At the time, he said he did not know exactly what that would include but wanted to find out. Now, about a month away from taking the helm in West Lafayette, Daniels has a much better picture.

“Student affordability, student success, excellence and reputation and financial strength of the school–those are the basic baskets,” he says.

Daniels says he wants to see greater accountability in higher education, and he hopes his new contract helps put Purdue in the lead on that issue.

“I hope that contract will be a first way to say the person in this job. His interests are completely aligned with the students and with the faculty and with the university’s success and if those things aren’t improving, there’s a consequence for me and vice versa,” Daniels says.

The Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote on the contract at its meeting Saturday.

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Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/purdue.watchdog Purdue Watchdog

    Give us a break, Mitch Daniels does not want accountability or consequences for himself. He can’t even follow his own executive order on ethics by appointing himself Purdue President, and even writes a book about excessive Federal spending, even though he as Bush’s OMB Director, helped pass a new Medicare drug entitlement program and two wars funded with trillions in debt.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bob.eckert.50 Bob Eckert

    This is a joke and not a joke at the same time. Daniels only wants his “contract” (pre-arranged as a don-deal before while he was governor) to be “performance-based” because he already knows all the people who will be evaluating him and has them in his pocket. Also, let’s take a look at what “performance-based” really means since this is a public university. His contract should be posted on the Purdue website for -all- of the world to see just as any contract for the President of any public university should be including McRobbie. It goes without saying that Daniels will -never- equal Michael McRobbie as a superlative university dean then president in a million years.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bob.eckert.50 Bob Eckert

    By the way, another thought, now that we have a fascist “super-majority” RepubliThug(tm) administration in power, who do you think is going to get more money from the state, Purdue or IU. Does anyone really think McRobbie is a Republican?

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