Don Thompson

The Purdue Board of Trustees has approved performance metrics for determining a portion of the president's salary.

Under the plan, board members will evaluate Mitch Daniels on student affordability, graduation rates, fundraising, student success and university excellence. Those categories are weighted, with fundraising being the biggest determinant at 30%, affordability and graduation rates are 25% each, while the remaining two criteria are 10% each.

Changes to Purdue Board of Trustees

Jun 26, 2013

Purdue will have two new trustees next month and will need to elect a new chairman.

Governor Mike Pence is appointing Sonny Beck to the board along with new student trustee Kelsey Quin. He’s reappointing Don Thompson to a second term.

Beck received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Purdue and is president of Beck’s Superior Hybrids, a seed company in Atlanta, Indiana. He’s served as a member of the Purdue Ag Advisory Council, the Purdue University Executive Council, and Parents Council.

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A group of students is asking the Purdue Board of Trustees to do more to fight racism and discrimination.

About a dozen students stood up at the beginning of the board’s committee meeting, holding signs that reflect some requests they’ve made in a petition. After about ten minutes, the group walked out of the meeting, holding their signs and some with their fists in the air.

Purdue trustee named new McDonald's Corp. CEO

Mar 22, 2012

A Purdue grad and member of the university’s Board of Trustees will be the next chief executive officer of McDonald's Corporation.

Don Thompson will take over the position this summer.

He currently serves as the company’s president and chief operating officer.

Thompson earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Purdue in 1984.

He has served as a trustee since July 2009.