Gov. Mitch Daniels will speak in Northwest Indiana for the last time as governor at the Sept. 27 One Region awards and recognition luncheon at the Radisson Star Plaza in Merrillville.
The 63-year-old Republican will be the 12th president of the six-campus university that educates some 75,000 students statewide, including nearly 10,000 at Purdue University Calumet in Hammond and more than 5,000 at Purdue University North Central in Westville. Purdue's Board of Trustees named him president in June.
Daniels is the first sitting governor appointed president of an Indiana university, though he will not take the reins at Purdue until his second term as governor ends in January. Provost Timothy Sands is serving as interim president following the July 15 retirement of President France Cordova.
The One Region group was formed after the merger of the Northwest Indiana Quality of Life Council, begun 20 years ago by chancellors and presidents of the region's institutions of higher learning, and the One Region, One Vision initiative founded five years ago by The Times Media Co.
The inaugural Leadership Awards will both recognize outstanding service rendered by individuals and inspire others to do the same, said Times Media Co. Publisher Bill Masterson Jr.
Sponsorships for the luncheon are available. For more information, contact Dawn Williams at (219) 933-3300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.