Purdue’s president used her final “State of the University” address to outline plans for her remaining months on the job.
France Córdova says the goal of the speech was to tie together the past, present, and future. She says there is still plenty to accomplish before she leaves office this summer.
“We need to talk a little bit about the challenges that lie ahead,” she says. “I don’t think we can ignore them, and the more sensitive we are to what people are asking of higher education, which is simply to change, I think the better the position will be.”
Córdova adds that Purdue’s Strategic and Ten Year Funding plans are steps to help the university overcome future challenges, especially with current economic conditions.
Córdova, who is Purdue’s 11th President, will step down on July 15.