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The Purdue Board of Trustees has approved performance metrics for determining a portion of the president's salary.

Under the plan, board members will evaluate Mitch Daniels on student affordability, graduation rates, fundraising, student success and university excellence. Those categories are weighted, with fundraising being the biggest determinant at 30%, affordability and graduation rates are 25% each, while the remaining two criteria are 10% each.

Conversation with Purdue's president for September

Sep 26, 2013
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Purdue President Mitch Daniels talks about his schedule of public appearances, including recent speaking engagements and interviews on national cable TV shows.

He also discusses the recently announced Purdue Moves initiative and weighs in on the funding issues related to Amtrak's Hoosier State Line.

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After roughly two-and-a-half years of construction work, the new stretch of U.S. 231 in Tippecanoe County is complete. The Indiana Department of Transportation expects it to open for traffic at 6 p.m. Friday. Officials held a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday morning.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels, who helped initiated the project when he was governor, says besides better a better traffic pattern, it will save lives.

Project to improve pedestrian safety at Purdue

Aug 23, 2013
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A crosswalk in a high traffic area on Purdue’s campus is set to be upgraded.

Officials with the university have informed the West Lafayette Traffic Commission of plans to improve markings at the intersection of Fourth and Russell streets.

Jim Knapp is Purdue’s Senior Civil Engineer in Physical and Capital Planning. He says a number of developments in the area meant it was time to upgrade the crosswalk.

Purdue offering Student Legal Services

Aug 21, 2013

Purdue’s undergraduates will have a new resource beginning September 3. The university has hired its first director of Student Legal Services.

Jeff Stefancic, associate dean of students, says the position will help students with common legal issues.

“Really helping students understand what their rights and responsibilities are under the law,” he says.

Stefancic says he wants this position to be proactive with talks to student organizations and groups of individuals.

Purdue group hopes to break a land speed record

Aug 20, 2013
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One-hundred miles-per-hour – that’s the record-breaking speed a group from Purdue hopes to achieve for an electric motorcycle.

Dr. John Sullivan, professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering, enlisted the help of students to create an electric motorcycle. He says they used an existing frame, but modified it with an electric motor and batteries.

They will get an official measure of their top speed at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

Brickhead Conversations by James Tyler

Jul 25, 2013
Mike Loizzo / WBAA Radio

There’s new public art on the Purdue campus. It’s called “Brickhead Conversations” featuring two large heads of clay – each sitting on one side of the Pao Hall plaza.

Sculptor James Tyler created the pieces, which feature sounds of nature emanating from each head.

“It’s the same overall concept that all of these ‘brickheads’ are about,” he says. “There all about a place, a time, an element of the world, and human participation therein, so these now are a dialogue between these sounds.”

Saying Purdue President Mitch Daniels has exceeded their expectations; the board of trustees have approved paying him nearly half of his incentive pay.

Daniels earns a base salary of $420,000 and is eligible for another $126,000 for performance.

Newly elected Board Chairman Tom Spurgeon says the additional $58,153 he earned is for his first six months as president. He says the justification was for the relationships Daniels made with faculty and opportunities for change he identified.

Purdue trustees approve health plan changes

Jul 19, 2013

Purdue employees will have a little more than three months to figure out their health care options for next year.

The Board of Trustees approved three new plan options – a PPO and two high-deductible plans with health savings accounts. As an incentive to get more employees into those consumer-driven plans, the university will contribute money to their health savings account.

President Mitch Daniels says he uses one as a university employee and thinks that’s the best option for keeping costs down.

Daniels calls AP story "utter distortion"

Jul 17, 2013
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The president of Purdue disagrees with an Associated Press article written about him during the time he was governor. Mitch Daniels calls the story erroneous and unfair.

The A.P. reports on an email exchange in February of 2010 that shows Daniels requested banning historian Howard Zinn’s writings from classrooms. The story also includes emails from 2009 regarding an IUPUI professor who was a critic of Daniels.

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