Daniels is expected to take over in January, once he completes his duties as Governor. Filling the gap until then will be Provotst, Time Sands. Sands will begin serving as interim president when current president, France Cordova, steps down on July 15th.
Board Chairman, Keith Krach said, "Gov. Mitch Daniels will continue to raise the global profile of Purdue. He's committed to the success of our land-grant institution, he's an advocate for economic progress through innovative research and he's made Indiana the state to watch for the last several years. With his leadership, intellect and passion for higher education, there's no limit to the greatness Purdue can achieve."
Daniels praised Purdue as an invaluable asset for Indiana and the country and as an educational institution globally renowned for producing discoveries and graduates in high demand. He said his first priority would be to learn from the faculty and earn their trust and collaboration to help further Purdue's research and education missions.
"No institution of any kind means more to Indiana today or tomorrow as Purdue University. It educates at the highest level the engineers, scientists, agricultural experts and information technologists on whom our state and national success disproportionately depend," Daniels said.
Indiana Republican candidate for Governor, Mike Pence issued the following statement after the announcement: "Governor Mitch Daniels is an outstanding choice to serve Purdue University as their next president. Mitch's intellect, energy and visionary leadership will benefit not only Purdue's students and faculty, but also improve the quality of Indiana's workforce and create new economic opportunities for all Hoosiers. Purdue University and our state are fortunate to have someone of his nationally-recognized reputation assuming the helm of one of our flagship academic institutions."