Mitch Daniels stepping down as president of Purdue

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Former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is stepping down as president of Purdue University after 10 years in the role, Purdue announced Friday.

Daniels, 73, will serve until Jan. 1, when he will be replaced by Mung Chiang, the university’s dean of engineering and executive vice president for strategic initiatives, the school said. Chiang has been at Purdue for five years.

“The last decade has seen Purdue attain unprecedented levels of national recognition, reflected in record enrollments, academic rankings, and overall reputation,” Board of Trustees Chairman Michael Berghoff said in a written statement about Daniels’ tenure.

Daniels, who served as Indiana’s governor from 2005 to 2013, became Purdue’s president in January 2013. Seven weeks into his presidency, he announced a two-year tuition freeze to address rising college costs. Tuition has been frozen at the school ever since.

During his time as Indiana governor, Daniels appointed three of the current Indiana Supreme Court justices, including Chief Justice Loretta Rush in September 2012, Justice Steven David  in October 2010, and Justice Mark S. Massa in March 2012.

“My partner and friend, President Daniels, is part of a generation of proud Boilermakers who take small steps and turn them into giant leaps,” Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb said Friday in written comments. “Purdue University always has been a world class institution with successful graduates spanning the globe, and Mitch has taken the university to even higher levels. During his 10 years at the helm, Mitch has delivered higher education at the highest proven value, from freezing tuition during his entire tenure, to creating a national online university, establishing a network of Indiana STEM charter schools, and making record investments in world-class research.”

The Indiana Lawyer contributed to this story.

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