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Sunday, July 08, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Governor Daniels as Purdue President: Two different looks

Eric Weddle of the Lafayette Journal Courier reports today in a long story headed "Purdue trustees gave $27K to Daniels' campaigns" that begins:

Before Mitch Daniels was voted in as Purdue University’s next president last month, half of the university’s board of trustees financially supported his two campaigns for governor.

Six of the 10 trustees or their companies donated more than $27,000 to Daniels’ campaigns or a political action committee supporting him between 2003 and 2010, according to state campaign finance records. Two trustees who were members of the search committee to identify finalists to be President France Córdova’s successor gave individually more than $14,000 to Daniels.

Purdue trustees have forcefully denied the slightest hint of impropriety in Daniels’ hire. Yet questions from faculty, students and the public over the ethics of it continue to come.

Lesley Weidenbener, in a Sunday column in the Louisville Courier Journal headed "Note to Purdue students and faculty: You can influence Daniels with right approach," writes:
[T]hose who oppose Daniels’ move to Purdue fail to see that when he arrives at the university, he will embrace a new set of goals. No longer will Daniels be charged with divvying up the state’s tax money among competing interests — public schools, prisons, Medicaid and higher education — but will instead be focused on how to ensure that Purdue University gets every dollar it can from lawmakers, raises every cent possible from donors and receives every grant available to support its research and development.

Daniels will take on this role with gusto. It’s what he’s done in every position he’s had — as an adviser to presidents, an executive at a pharmaceuticals company, as governor of Indiana and soon as president of Purdue.

Those concerned about projects or programs at Purdue should use the next six months preparing to show Daniels that what they’re doing matters — that it gives the university a national reputation, that it matters to the local community, or that it will help Purdue graduates better succeed in life.

Daniels wants to achieve. He will want Purdue to achieve. He will want its faculty and students to achieve. The key to working with Daniels is to show him how a program achieves — financially, yes, but also culturally and emotionally.

See the column for examples.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on July 8, 2012 03:12 PM
Posted to Indiana Government