Daniels elected top Boilermaker
June 21st, 2012
11:19 AM ET
8 years ago

Daniels elected top Boilermaker

(CNN) - Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels was elected the next president of Purdue University Thursday by the school's board of trustees.

They voted unanimously on a motion to elect the two-term governor the 12th president of the 143-year-old institution, whose sports teams are nicknamed the "Boilermakers," after a year-long search.

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Michael Berghoff, the Purdue trustee who chaired the presidential search committee, said Daniels met with the committee three different times, answered a long list of questions and shared his vision for the institution.

Daniels, the former budget director under former President George W. Bush, considered running for the Republican presidential nomination earlier in the election cycle, but ultimately decided against a bid. He has repeatedly beat back questions over whether he would serve in the No. 2 spot on the GOP ticket.

Although he plans to stay in his current role as governor through the end of his term in January, he will refrain from political activities, Daniels said in a statement Thursday.

"Effective immediately, I will recuse myself from any partisan political activities or commentary," he said.

"I will come to this assignment filled with appreciation for the Purdue we know and excitement for the still greater Purdue that can be. Helping this great institution achieve even higher levels of research and intellectual excellence, by recruiting the finest minds and students anywhere in the world, and delivering to those students an exceptional, affordable education, is the highest calling to which anyone who loves this state as I do could aspire," he concluded.

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Sounds like Daniels has had his fill of politics. Who can blame him? I'm sure he'll be successful in whatever he does.

    June 21, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  2. s

    this is news because????

    June 21, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Isn't this the same guy who was GWB's Budget Director or something like that? HE is the guy who predicted that we would see trillion dollar annual deficits within a decade if the Bush administration went forward with their tax cut plans. So, they fired him. Days later, Cheney told us, "deficits don't matter."

    June 21, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  4. Obama 2012 - MOVE Forward America, NOT another round of DUBYA's FAILURES

    Daniels was a moderate Republican who was let go after his predictions (that came true) of MASSIVE DEFICIT's directly caused by Dubya's policies. Perhaps he saw the writing on the wall and decided it was time to get out of politics while there was still something recognizable that used to be the Republican Party.

    June 21, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  5. Four and The Door

    Wisconsin was fortunate for having Governor Daniels and his capability for bringing the state's fiscal situation in order. America needs more Governors capable of being so effective at their job and actually achieving intended results. Purdue has made an excellent choice.

    June 21, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  6. Chumlee

    Used to like stopping at Purdue while traveling. No more! Purdue can put it where the sun does not shine!

    June 21, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  7. B

    Well Mitt Romney can scratch him off the potential VP list.

    June 21, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  8. anagram_kid

    Four and The Door wrote – Wisconsin was fortunate for having Governor Daniels...
    Wisconsin? Another shining example of being uniformed.

    June 21, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  9. Four and The Door

    Four and The Door wrote – Wisconsin was fortunate for having Governor Daniels...
    Wisconsin? Another shining example of being uniformed.
    My bad. I don't know where I came up with that one. Have your fun. Guilty as charged.

    June 21, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  10. Four and The Door

    Well Mitt Romney can scratch him off the potential VP list.
    No problem. There is an excellent list of qualified people interested in being the next Vice president of the United States, starting in January 2013.

    June 21, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    How can he be Governer and University President at the same time? Because he's a Republcian.

    June 21, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  12. biologixco

    Now that Mitch Daniel's wrecked Indiana State Government, he WONT get the chance to be VP and wreck our whole nation's economy. Remember, this is the dolt that said the Iraq war was only going to be $60 billion and then left the cost off the books. Says he's GOP, but he raised our Indiana taxes; sales tax, property tax, fees of all sorts. Sold the Interstate 80/90 toll road to a foreign corporation! He's a traitor. Let him go wreck Purdue University. We will still suffer him causing damage to our State of Indiana, but our nation will be spared...
    Thank God for small miracles.

    June 21, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  13. biologixco

    Daniel's is a worthless schmuck.
    Another Republican Liar.
    GOP: Less Taxes? Less Government? BIG LIE!
    Less Taxes? He raised every tax he could. Sales tax, property tax, fees of all sorts.
    Less Government? He signed the Indiana Clean Air Act. Smoking is a no-no. Just another Nanny State!
    Why can't voters see through the GOP lies? Democrats suck too, but just not as much as the GOP.

    June 21, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |