Mon August 13, 2012
Daniels meets Purdue freshman, continues transition
Governor Mitch Daniels says he’s been preparing for his job as Purdue president since he was appointed in June. He told reporters Monday he has been meeting formally and informally with administrators and faculty members. Daniels says he’s talking with student leaders as well.
"I've seen a spectrum of people. That will go on, really, indefinitely. I want to do as much as I can now, where I have the chance."
He admits he can’t be fully ready in January when he takes on the role of president, but says some knowledge is better than none.
During an event at Mackey Arena, Daniels told several thousand new students to enjoy their time in West Lafayette, but reminded them, being here the next four-years will be challenging. He says they won't do it alone, though.
"Everyone one of us who works [at Purdue], there's just one assignment: Find ways to support their success and maximize there chances of success, which is defined as the highest quality education at the most affordable prices. I know they'll hold up their end. I hope those of us who are working for them will do likewise."
Daniels says he’s hearing positive feedback from people across the state about his appointment. He says while there are some upset about the decision, he’s been welcomed by many different members of the campus community.
"It's a huge community. Not everyone is going to agree on anything, but we'll work hard to convince folks we all want the same thing. That is the greatest possible Purdue, the most high-value education anywhere in the world for the young people who come here."