Conversation with Purdue's President for May

May 5, 2014

Purdue’s president says his appointment to the Commission on Presidential Debates is not a conflict of interest.

Mitch Daniels says people who say the position violates his pledge to stay out of politics are mistaken.

He says what he promised to do was avoid activities of a partisan nature.

The Commission selects the locations and moderators for the debates leading up to the 2016 presidential election.

Daniels says it’s possible Purdue could put in a bid to host one of the events, but no decision has been made yet.

Daniels says a report on campus security is thorough and will ultimately make the university a safer place.

Mitch Daniels says while the study was commissioned following the murder of a student in the Electrical Engineering Building in January, the recommendations would not have changed the events of that day.

Daniels says the next step is to review the report and prioritize projects.

Suggestions include increasing availability and awareness of mental health services, making it possible to lock all classroom doors from the inside without a key, and having the emergency text alert system be “opt out” instead of “opt in.”