Indiana governor Mitch Daniels has been chosen to be the next president of Purdue. The appointment was made official this morning by a unanimous vote from the university’s Board of Trustees.
Chairman Keith Krach says Purdue is fortunate to have hired Daniels, considering many people were urging him to run for President of the United States.
Daniels will take over in January, after serving the remainder of his term in office. Purdue Provost Tim Sands will serve as interim president.
Daniels will succeed France Córdova, who is stepping down after five years leading Purdue.
Indiana House Speaker and Purdue alum Brian Bosma says he’s thrilled to see Governor Daniels leading Purdue. Bosma says Purdue’s leading roles in fields like science, technology, engineering and pharmacy position it as a vital part of the state’s future
“It is no doubt going to be one of the key drivers for our future economic success,” he says. “I look forward to continuing to work with Governor Daniels for the success not only of Purdue University but for our state in the future.”
“Well as a Purdue engineering graduate and longtime advocate for the university in the General Assembly, I am sincerely thrilled that Mitch Daniels has been selected as Purdue’s 12th president,” he says.
However, Democratic Representative Scott Pelath says, while the governor is extraordinarily qualified, he’s uncomfortable with how the situation unfolded.
“Given that he appointed the overwhelming majority of trustees, who then turned around and hired him to be the president of Purdue University, it certainly falls to within the eyebrow-raising category,” he says.