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Daniels Says His Purdue Contract Should Be Performance-Based

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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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