Mitch Daniels

City of West Lafayette

To live in West Lafayette these days is to follow the continuing saga of the State Street redesign.

The $120 million project looms over the future of the city – but just how in unclear.

Today on Ask The Mayor, we quiz West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis about what he’s learned of the project after being kept in the dark by confidentiality agreements.

And we’ll get his take on whether Purdue now wields more influence than the city itself.

Thomas Keon To Lead New Purdue University Northwest

Nov 20, 2015
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Thomas Keon will become Chancellor of the new Purdue University Northwest system when it comes into existence next year.                                                                           


Effective July 1, Keon will lead the unified campuses of Purdue University Calumet and Purdue University North Central. 

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Purdue University students joined others at colleges across the nation Friday in a solidarity rally supporting students of the University of Missouri.

Student leaders and volunteers shared stories about racism and proposed ways the Purdue administration could fix the problem.

Many students called attention to an email Purdue President Mitch Daniels sent earlier in the week, attempting to reaffirm Purdue’s inclusiveness.

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The public has until Saturday to weigh in on the strategic plan that will guide how the state’s forestlands are used over the next four years. It proposes higher user fees – and no rollback in logging on state-owned land. 

A little more than 10 years ago, the Division of Forestry sold about 3 million board feet each year from state-controlled land. But today, more than four times that much timber – 14 million board feet – leaves the forest each year.

Purdue University

How’d you like to be so popular with your bosses that they offer to extend your contract by two years and then offer you a million dollars just to keep your job till the end of your contract?

That’s what the Purdue Trustees recently did with President Mitch Daniels. We chat about his new pay structure on this month’s conversation with him.

We also have a conversation about the University’s promotion and tenure policy.

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10:00 p.m. Friday update:

Responding to WBAA's story about the Trustees' decision regarding the role of mentorship in the Purdue tenure process, Academic Affairs Committee Chair JoAnn Brouillette issued the following statement:

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Purdue University President Mitch Daniels is set to receive more than $113,000 from the school, based on the previous year’s performance at his job.

The full Purdue Board of Trustees is expected to approve a motion Friday morning granting Daniels 90-percent of his at-risk pay for the previous year, but it took some interesting math to reach that number.

The pay is broken down into four areas in which Daniels is judged: student affordability, student success, fundraising and the school’s reputation.

Joint Economic Committee

Congresspeople liked the idea so much the first time he brought it up, they asked Mitch Daniels back to address it at length. 

Several months after casually mentioning individual investors might take on the cost of some students' educations, Purdue University President Mitch Daniels joined a conservative-leaning panel Wednesday to address a joint congressional committee about what he sees as the scourge of student loan debt.

Arne Duncan
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During his visit to Purdue Wednesday as part of his annual “Back to School” bus tour, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan wove together the university’s recent initiatives with his own vision for education accessibility and affordability.

Duncan praised recent moves by the university and President Mitch Daniels such as instituting competency-based degrees, planning to open a charter school and offering a freeze on tuition.

Purdue University

Mitch Daniels has tried to make his time as Purdue President about student affordability – so this month in our regular conversation with him, we ask about the plans from three people who’d also like to be president – of the United States.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the former Republican governor doesn’t have rave reviews for education savings plans from the top three contenders for the 2016 Democratic nomination.