Mitch Daniels

A group of Purdue community members is speaking out against the appointment of Mitch Daniels as university president.

Students, faculty, and staff members gathered on the Memorial Mall Saturday to protest the board of trustees’ appointment of Daniels last month.

Demonstrator and organizer Julia Thompson is pursuing a Ph.D. in Engineering Education. She has multiple problems with the decision to hire Daniels.

Western Governors University-Indiana is losing one of its most vocal and visible advocates as Governor Mitch Daniels becomes Purdue’s new president. 

WGU-Indiana is a nonprofit online school aimed at working adults looking to advance their education.  Governor Mitch Daniels was primarily responsible for bringing WGU to the state, but will now leave its board as he heads to Purdue.  Still, he says he will remain a firm supporter.

Governor Mitch Daniels says he is going to do a lot of listening as he prepares to take over as Purdue’s 12th president.

University trustee John Hardin says that’s a sound approach because of Daniels’ limited experience working in higher education.

"His political experiences let him understand that leadership is the art of the possible," said Hardin.  "I think he has a very inquiring mind that he will learn a lot and will make up for the fact that his hasn't been an academic leader period.”

Mitch Daniels selected as Purdue's 12th president

Jun 21, 2012
Indiana Governor's Office

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is officially the president-elect of Purdue University.

The Board of Trustees unanimously approved his appointment at a special meeting this morning.

Daniels will serve out the remainder of his term as governor before taking over as head of Purdue in January.

In the meantime, Provost Tim Sands will serve as the university's interim president.

A contract between Daniels and the university has not been finalized, instead the two have a memo of understanding. Daniels will serve at least five years as president.

Purdue president to be announced Thursday

Jun 19, 2012

The Board of Trustees is holding a special meeting Thursday morning to appoint a new president. It’s set for ten in Loeb Playhouse at Stewart Center.

Several media outlets are reporting Governor Mitch Daniels will get the job, however that is not being confirmed by the governor’s office or the university.

The search to replace current President France Córdova began last fall.

The process has been held behind closed doors, following input sessions from different constituent groups on campus.

Córdova ends her tenure the middle of next month.

Larger plant, more jobs planned for SIA

May 16, 2012

As many as 100 new jobs are coming to Lafayette due to an expansion at the Subaru of Indiana Automotive plant.

SIA is investing approximately $75 million over the next two years to increase production capacity. Construction is expected to begin this summer on a 52,000 square-foot build out of the body assembly section.

Executive Vice President Tom Easterday say there is strong customer demand for the Outback and Legacy models.

Supreme Court Rules White Eligible

Mar 15, 2012

Indiana’s Governor will be allowed to hand pick the new Secretary of State.

The state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that former Secretary of State Charlie White was eligible to run for the position even though he listed an improper address on his voter registration form.

Democrats argued runner up in the 2010 election, Vop Osili, be slated as the new Secretary of State.

In December, a Marion County judged ruled that should be the case.

But, Thursday's decision overturned that ruling.

White was convicted of six felony charges related to the issue.

Indiana Adds 13K Private Sector Jobs in January

Mar 13, 2012

Indiana’s Governor points to a recent jobs report as reason for optimism.

Mitch Daniels says figures released from January show the state is making progress in recovering from the recession.

Indiana added 13,000 private sector jobs that month, which is the most since January of 2011.

The state’s unemployment rate hit a six month low at 8.6-percent.

The rate in Tippecanoe County’s is 7.4-percent.  The City of Lafayette is at 7.6 and West Lafayette is at five-percent.

Indiana Becomes a Right-To-Work State

Feb 1, 2012

Indiana is now the 23rd Right-To-Work state in the country.

The Senate signed off on the bill Wednesday just two days after it was approved in the House.

Governor Mitch Daniels put the final stamp on the measure.  He signed it into law Wednesday afternoon.

Bill sponsor Carlin Yoder says despite challenges in getting the bill through, he thinks it’s the right move for the state.

The law prohibits unions and companies from requiring dues from non-members.

The Senate passed the measure by a 28-to-22 vote.  Nine Republicans joined Democrats in opposing it.

During his State-of-the-State address, Governor Mitch Daniels said Indiana is one of the most business-friendly states in the country.

And according to one local legislator, that is why a Right-To-Work bill is unnecessary.

Democratic Representative Sheila Klinker says the current business climate means Indiana should keep the status quo.

However, Lafayette-area Republican Representative Randy Truitt says the state can still improve, and pushing ahead with the bill will make Indiana more marketable for recruiting business.