Education
6:00 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Conversation with Purdue's president for February

  A reorganization of the upper administration at Purdue is inevitable. That’s the assessment of President Mitch Daniels.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels
Credit Purdue University

He says successful executives are often lured away by other universities. Daniels adds that some careful and thoughtful streamlining is likely, but a top-to-bottom overhaul is not needed.

Daniels made the comments during his first in-studio interview with WBAA since becoming president.

He also discussed the survey on child care that is underway. Faculty, staff and graduate students are being polled on their child care needs and the resources available to them in the community. Daniels says the issue came up several times during conversations he had while preparing to take over last year. The survey is open through March 8th. After being open for three days, more than 2,200 members of the campus community have responded to the survey.

The open letter Daniels penned to the campus community a month ago continues to get mentioned by the media and fellow higher education leaders. In it, he recaps the research he’s done on higher education since his appointment by the board of trustees. Daniels also outlines some themes he’d like to address, such as affordability, and spending tax and tuition dollars wisely. He says his goal is to have every Purdue employee embrace the idea that they are here for the student, first and foremost.