Lumina Foundation’s President and CEO Jamie Merisotis released the following statement in response to today’s announcement that Governor Mitch Daniels will be become the 12th president of Purdue University:

“I first want to congratulate Governor Daniels and Purdue University. His appointment represents a significant opportunity for Purdue to position itself as the new American university for a new global economy. Governor Daniels’ successful business career, combined with his knowledge of higher education and commitment to increasing high-quality degree attainment in Indiana, makes him a superb choice for the job. As demand for talent grows ever-higher, universities like Purdue will need to deliver even greater value for the investments made. This appointment is not unprecedented. There are many other political leaders doing very well in university settings. I believe Governor Daniels understands that Purdue will need to continue to earn its reputation for innovation, opportunity and excellence, and thereby help make our state stronger, our communities more vibrant, and our quality of life higher.”

Merisotis comments on Daniels’ leadership on Inside Indiana Business, June 21, 2012

Mitch Daniels named president of Purdue University | CBS News | June 21, 2012
Mitch Daniels, Indiana Governor, Named Next President Of Purdue University | Huffington Post | June 21, 2012

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