Purdue’s acting-president is entering his final week leading the university. Dr. Tim Sands returns to the provost’s office January 15, when Mitch Daniels officially begins his term as president.
Sands says he’s learned many things about Purdue through meetings with lawmakers, the state’s business leaders and alumni. He expects that to serve him well as he returns to the job of chief academic officer.
With the departure of France Cordova and about six months until Governor Mitch Daniels becomes president, the university is without a permanent leader. For the interim, Provost Tim Sands will serve as acting president – a first for Purdue.
Sands is no stranger to the university. He joined Purdue a decade ago as the Basil S. Turner Professor of Engineering in the school of materials engineering, and electrical and computer engineering. Sands also served as director of the Birck Nanotechnology Center in Discovery Park.