Mitch Daniels

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In 2005, Mitch Daniels brokered the Major Moves deal -- leasing the Indiana toll-road for $3.8 billion for 75 years.  He told a Senate committee looking for infrastructure improvement ideas Thursday the public-private partnership was a high point of his term.

"It was a great joy of public service to watch literally the dreams of decades, become real.  Project after project of people saying 'that’ll never happen' are in being in Indiana," Daniels said.

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Charter schools have been one of the most divisive education issues of the last decade in Indiana education circles. But on today’s monthly conversation with Purdue president Mitch Daniels, he calls criticism of them “rubbish” as he explains why the school needs one to recruit more black students.

As Purdue has recruited more international and out-of-state students to balance out its tuition freezes, imbalances in the student body have emerged. Some of them are attendance-based – there are a lot of Asian students and few African-Americans.

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Purdue University plans to open a charter school in downtown Indianapolis that will focus on the STEM fields -- that’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The concept could eventually spread across the state. Graduates will be guaranteed a spot on the West Lafayette campus.

Purdue University President Mitch Daniels says the current education system in Indiana is not producing enough low-income, first-generation and minority students who are qualified for Purdue.

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Purdue President Mitch Daniels will ask the school's trustees to extend the school's tuition freeze and allocate 3.5-percent more for salaries in the coming year.

The requests are subject to trustee approval, but Daniels tells WBAA he doesn't expect any roadblocks.

Biggest Increase In The Big Ten?

The salary increase is considerably more than Purdue employees have received in recent years, but there are several conditions.

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Purdue has launched a national search for the first chancellor of Purdue University Northwest.

The new institution is a unification of the Purdue University Calumet and Purdue University North Central campuses.

Purdue Trustee Gary Lehman is chairing the search committee, which is made up of faculty and staff from Purdue Calumet, Purdue North Central and other campuses.

He says a proposed salary range for the position has not been determined yet.

Purdue RFRA Response Differs From Other Colleges

Apr 1, 2015

More than half a dozen university presidents have penned open letters opposing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA.

“I had been watching the law develop and its repercussions over a couple days and I felt personally very strong about it," says DePauw University President Brian Casey. Like most, Casey's letter is personal – addressed as much from the administrator as from the university.

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Purdue President Mitch Daniels says Congress can do much to improve the areas of college accessibility and affordability, starting with loosening some federal regulations.

Daniels brought that message to Capitol Hill Tuesday, testifying before the House Subcommittee on Education and Workforce Training.

He says one thing the federal government can do to make it easier for students to attend college is to modernize the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

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One of Mitch Daniels’ pushes as Purdue President has been to try to amass as much data as he can showing his school is, by a phalanx of empirical measures, a quality institution. And so, the man who instituted performance testing for K-12 teachers as Indiana governor now wants to implement a similar measure for college students.

“All we’re interested in, really, is how as a group Boilermakers are growing,” Daniels says.

Amazon Opening Brings Questions Of Space Use, Competition

Feb 25, 2015
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There was a brief moment at the ribbon-cutting for the new Amazon pickup location that spoke to the debate surrounding it.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels, who’d been handed one of those oversized pairs of scissors used only for such an occasion, found that though the space behind him was cutting edge, his scissors were not – he tried repeatedly to slice the ribbon, was met with little success and almost gave up.

“Ok, it’s off…seemed like a good idea,” Daniels joked to the crowd.

Lilly Endowment Gives Purdue $40M For Tech Spaces

Feb 18, 2015
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An event that had been whispered about for weeks was brought into the open Wednesday at Purdue – the arrival of a $40 million grant from the Lilly Endowment.

It’s the largest single cash gift Purdue has ever received.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels alluded to the cloak-and-dagger nature of the two weeks leading up to the announcement in his remarks.

“I’m pretty sure some of you came expecting me to announce we found Amelia [Earhart]’s plane,” Daniels joked. “That’s the next announcement.”