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Daniels At Purdue More Often, But Focused On Current Job

With less than five months left in office, Governor Mitch Daniels has started to spend some time at Purdue as he prepares to become its next president.

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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.

Governor Daniels last week helped welcome Purdue’s newest freshman class to campus and he says he’s spent time in West Lafayette on his days off as he works to learn the ins and outs of his next job.  But Daniels says Purdue’s board of trustees knows his total focus is on his job as governor.

“The balance is entirely on the side of this job,” Daniels says.  “They understand that when they approached me about it, that I would not be available ‘til January.”

And Daniels says his administration is not just marking time until the next governor takes over.

“Late last year, worked out with every department in state government a set of very specific assignments and objectives to be accomplished this year and we’re just managing to those objectives right now,” he says.

Daniels says land acquisition and conservation efforts are examples of concrete goals each state agency and department has been assigned.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

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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