Purdue’s president elect says he is using criticism to learn more about the school and his position.
Mitch Daniels says he is not trying to silence those concerned with his hiring, but work with them to make the university better.
“If this selection ultimately proves to be a wise one for Purdue, and I am going to do all I can to make that case, then it might well be at a time because at a time of great difficulty for higher ed," he said, "a person who brings some experiences that are complementary might prove to add some value.”
Purdue’s Global Policy Research Institute will have a new director next year.
The university is seeking applications and nominations for the position.
Arden Bement is the current director. He says he will stay involved with the Institute as a member of its External Advisory Council. Bement also retains his tenure with the School of Nuclear Engineering.
The new leader must be eligible for a tenured faculty position, a track record of building programs and experience in public policy.