Governor Mitch Daniels was officially named the next president of Purdue University at a trustees meeting this morning. Daniels becomes the twelfth person to lead the institution. Members of the search committee say they actively sought out and recruited the governor.
Following Purdue’s announcement, Indiana University Michael McRobbie issued the following statement:
“IU congratulates Purdue on its selection of Mitch Daniels as its next president and wishes France Córdova well in her future endeavors. Governor Daniels is a strong leader with a demonstrated track record of success in both the public and private sectors, and I look forward to working with him to address some of the very real issues facing higher education both in Indiana and nationally. Like IU, Purdue is a vital component to the intellectual, cultural and economic success of the state of Indiana, and it is in the best interests of the state for both institutions to continue to grow and succeed. I offer my best wishes and support to Governor Daniels as he enters what certainly will be an exciting new chapter in his impressive career.”
Since news of Daniels’ selection leaked earlier this week, critics have questioned whether the governor has the experience to lead a university. Daniels responded by saying he will provide a fresh perspective.