Purdue Board Picks Gov. Daniels As Next Pres.
(West Lafayette, Ind.) – Mitch Daniels will become the 12th president of Purdue University.
The term-limited Indiana governor was unanimously selected by Purdue’s board of trustees on Thursday morning, according to the Indianapolis Star.
Daniels told reporters Wednesday that while he does lack experience in academia, he said a new perspective could help Purdue face the challenges in higher education.
Daniels, 63, is two years shy of meeting the school’s retirement policy for high-ranking executives, but that requirement has been waived by trustees. Daniels has appointed eight of the nine trustees during his governorship.
With a new job in line, Daniels has vowed to finish his final term as governor through January before starting at Purdue. Current Purdue President France Cordova will retire July 15.
Daniels said Thursday he will not make any partisan commentary during his remaining time in office.
The governor was an undergrad at Princeton before going on to earn his law degree from Georgetown.