Reaction positive to Daniels as Purdue president

2012-06-21T13:35:00Z 2012-06-21T21:21:46Z Reaction positive to Daniels as Purdue presidentBy Dan Carden dan.carden@nwi.com, (317) 637-9078 nwitimes.com

INDIANAPOLIS | The response from Hoosiers to Gov. Mitch Daniels' appointment as president of Purdue University has been overwhelmingly positive.

Here is a selection of the reaction to Thursday's announcement:

Hammond Mayor and Purdue University Calumet instructor Thomas McDermott Jr.: "I'm happy for him. I think it's a good move for Purdue and for Mitch. I think it's a logical place for a former governor to go. ... I think he's going to do his best to make the whole university better and that includes Purdue Calumet."

Purdue North Central Spokeswoman Carol Connelly: "It's a new job, it's a new day, it's a new position. We don't know how it's going to be, so we're here and we'll wait and see. ... We'll do our best, whatever we can, for our students and for Purdue."

Congressman Todd Rokita, R-Indianapolis: "As a member of the House Education and Workforce Committee, and as the representative whose district includes the Purdue campus, I'm ready to work with him on student loan issues, the limited role that the federal government should have in education and revolutionizing the academic culture so that our young people can get the education that they, their parents and the taxpayers are paying for."

Indiana University President Michael McRobbie: "Gov. Daniels is a strong leader with a demonstrated track record of success in both the public and private sectors, and I look forward to working with him to address some of the very real issues facing higher education both in Indiana and nationally."

Democratic gubernatorial candidate and former Vincennes University President John Gregg: "As governor, I look forward to working with him to make our public universities affordable for all Hoosiers and partnering with our research universities to develop new technologies and companies that will fuel our economy for years to come."

Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence: "Mitch's intellect, energy and visionary leadership will benefit not only Purdue's students and faculty, but also improve the quality of Indiana's workforce and create new economic opportunities for all Hoosiers."

Indiana Higher Education Commissioner Teresa Lubbers: "This announcement signals an exciting new chapter in the life of a great university and a great public servant. In naming Governor Daniels as President, Purdue trustees chose to select a leader with superior intellectual credentials and a range of public and private experiences that will serve him and Purdue very well."

Indiana Democratic Party Chairman Dan Parker: "We congratulate Mitch Daniels on his appointment as president of Purdue University and wish him well in his new endeavor. Purdue is a critical part of the state's education infrastructure, and our future depends on the financial and academic health of our institutions of higher learning."

Indiana Republican Party Chairman Eric Holcomb: "For a school always aiming higher, sending nearly two dozen of their own into space, naming Mitch Daniels as the next president of Purdue University makes perfect sense. Governor Daniels will bring a lifetime of experience in the private and public sectors to West Lafayette in order to tackle the important work that lies ahead."

Indiana House Speaker and Purdue alum Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis: "With his experience and key role in transforming Indiana over the last eight years, Gov. Daniels is uniquely qualified to capitalize on Purdue's tremendous faculty and international reputation."

Indiana Chamber of Commerce President Kevin Brinegar: "Purdue University is already an outstanding higher education institution. The impact of Gov. Daniels' leadership and national profile, combined with the many strong assets already in place, will elevate the entire university community -- and our state -- to even greater levels of achievement."

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