Daniels' salary increased by about $48,000 in 2017 to $769,500.
Republicans say Daniels must adapt to his new role. Democrats say the governor is qualified to be Purdue president, but question how he got there.
Purdue's mandatory retirement age could be a barrier to a long presidential career for Mitch Daniels.
The Purdue president, an astrophysicist by trade, will go to work for one of the nation's most prominent preservers of historic and scientific artifacts.
Cordova wants to expand on the strategic plan put forward by outgoing President Martin Jischke, while remaining true to the founding mission of the school.