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Purdue President To Do “Double Duty” At Smithsonian

Purdue President France A. Córdova, at left, talks Wednesday (Oct. 6) with Purdue University professor Ei-ichi Negishi, Nobel Laureate in chemistry, at his home in West Lafayette, Ind. Negishi is the Herbert C. Brown Distinguished Professor of Chemistry.

The outgoing president of Purdue University has a new job. France Cordova will step down as Purdue‘s president in mid-July but last week Cordova was installed as the Chairwoman of the National Smithsonian Institution‘s governing board. Cordova says she will be doing double duty for a while…

“For the next few months, I‘m both chairing the board of regents for the Smithsonian and I‘m President of Purdue,” she says.

Cordova is an astrophysicist and was a chief scientist at NASA. She says she will also keep a job as a faculty member at Purdue until she desides to resign that post. Cordova says she’s looking forward to the groundbreaking for a new museum honoring African-American history, art, and culture in late February at which President Obama will preside.

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