Mitch Daniels

Navy Taps Purdue For Fuel Research Deal

May 9, 2014
courtesy U.S. Navy

Though it’s unclear whether Purdue will get any federal funding from the deal, President Mitch Daniels inked an agreement with the U.S. Navy Thursday to jointly research energy projects.

Daniels was joined in West Lafayette by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, who touted his branch of the military as a historical leader in energy initiatives – pointing out Navy ships have transitioned from wind to coal to oil to nuclear power in 238 years on the seas.

Conversation with Purdue's President for May

May 5, 2014

Purdue’s president says his appointment to the Commission on Presidential Debates is not a conflict of interest.

Mitch Daniels says people who say the position violates his pledge to stay out of politics are mistaken.

He says what he promised to do was avoid activities of a partisan nature.

The Commission selects the locations and moderators for the debates leading up to the 2016 presidential election.

Daniels says it’s possible Purdue could put in a bid to host one of the events, but no decision has been made yet.

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Purdue President Mitch Daniels took time Thursday to honor two men who helped evacuate residents from an off-campus apartment that was totaled by fire earlier this month.

Daniels gave the school’s “One Brick Higher” award to sophomore ROTC cadet Greg Cohen and to 28-year employee Kevin Thedans.

Both helped rescue people from the blaze, which took the life of 22-year-old Cody Day.

Daniels says he talked with both men in the days leading up to the ceremony, and neither sought praise.

Daniels elected to Commission on Presidential Debates

Apr 17, 2014

The Commission on Presidential Debates has chosen Purdue’s president as one its new members.

In addition to Mitch Daniels, former ABC World News anchor Charles Gibson, former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe, and former Pentagon and CIA chief Leon Panetta are among those recently elected to serve on the nonpartisan commission.

The group is charged with producing the presidential and vice presidential debates, including negotiating terms with the candidates and picking the moderators.

Conversation with Purdue's President for April

Apr 15, 2014

A new collaboration involving Purdue aims to make the pathway from drug discovery to the marketplace more efficient.

The university is partnering with Houston Methodist Research Institute for research and educational initiatives, including clinical trials of drugs developed at Purdue.

Philip Low is a Chemistry professor and the inaugural director of the Purdue Center for Drug Discovery.

He says the goal is to find cures for diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and cancer, and to get those drugs to the patients who need them as soon as possible.

Two Purdue campuses to unify administrations

Feb 26, 2014

Purdue is moving forward with the preparation of a plan that would unify the administration of the university's two northwest Indiana campuses.

The effort stems from a joint proposal by Purdue University Calumet chancellor Thomas Keon and Purdue University North Central James Dworkin to collaborate on a detailed implementation plan for presentation later this year.

Purdue’s president says an initial review of how law enforcement and the university handled the fatal shooting and stabbing on campus last month are positive.

Mitch Daniels says a more thorough review is underway.

He says there is always room for improvement to emergency preparedness plans.

But he says as far as the events of January 21st, any changes to law enforcement or university response would not have changed the outcome.

Conversation with Purdue's president for January

Feb 3, 2014

Purdue’s president says university officials are conducting a thorough review of emergency response procedures in light of the fatal shooting and stabbing that took place on campus last month.

Mitch Daniels says the initial examination of the events surrounding the death of Andrew Boldt indicate an excellent response from law enforcement.

He says for the most part the university’s text alert system worked as planned and the majority of students, faculty, and staff responded to the “shelter in place” order appropriately.

Purdue president back on campus, classes resume today

Jan 23, 2014

Purdue’s president is back on campus.

Mitch Daniels returned from a trip to Colombia, which he cut short following Tuesday’s fatal shooting.

He says a thorough review of the emergency response to the incident is already underway.

But Daniels says based on initial briefings he is pleased with how the situation was handled.

Classes resume today on the West Lafayette campus.

Daniels says he will spend the next few days talking to students to see how they're doing.