Mitch Daniels, Conservative Heart Breaker?

By US Daily Review Staff.

Many conservatives wanted him to run for President of the United States. Many were hoping he would be Romney’s choice for the Vice President nomination. Virtually every conservative wanted him to stay in political office. Breaking news from Indiana indicates his days in office are now measured in months.

The Purdue Board of Trustees on Thursday unanimously selected Indiana Gov. Mitchell E. Daniels Jr. to be the university’s next president. Daniels will start in January at the conclusion of his second term as governor. He will be Purdue’s 12th president, succeeding France A. Córdova, who will step down July 15.

Keith Krach, board chairman, heralded Daniels’ appointment as “an innovative, game-changing move for Purdue.”

“Gov. Mitch Daniels will continue to raise the global profile of Purdue. He’s committed to the success of our land-grant institution, he’s an advocate for economic progress through innovative research and he’s made Indiana the state to watch for the last several years,” Krach said. “With his leadership, intellect and passion for higher education, there’s no limit to the greatness Purdue can achieve.”

“No institution of any kind means more to Indiana today or tomorrow as Purdue University. It educates at the highest level the engineers, scientists, agricultural experts and information technologists on whom our state and national success disproportionately depend,” Daniels said.

Daniels also said that “Its research gives rise to the innovative new goods, services and companies on which American and Hoosier prosperity must be built. I can conceive of no other assignment in which a person has the chance to contribute more to building the kind of Indiana of which we dream.”

Daniels, Indiana’s 49th governor, was elected in 2004 and re-elected in 2008 with the largest number of votes ever recorded by any candidate for public office in state history. Chief among his accomplishments are turning a state budget deficit into a surplus, launching Indiana into the top ranks of business-friendly states, and reforming and improving the performance of government across the board.  In fact, as the Midwest saw shrinking job numbers over the last few years, Indiana was one of the only states to enjoy growth.

Daniels has held a variety of top-level positions in business and politics. He worked 11 years at Eli Lilly and Co., including service as president of the company’s North American Pharmaceutical Operations. Previously, he was CEO of the Hudson Institute, then a contract research organization known for its analyses of the central role of technology in human progress, among other issues. He also served as an adviser to President Ronald Reagan, director of the Office of Management and Budget for President George W. Bush, and chief of staff for Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar. Daniels was widely viewed in 2011 as a viable candidate for the U.S. presidency before choosing not to run.

He is the author of two books, “Keeping the Republic: Saving America by Trusting Americans” and “Notes from the Road,” a chronicle of his Indiana travels as a first-time political candidate.

Daniels earned a bachelor’s degree with honors from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University in 1971 and a law degree from Georgetown University in 1979. He is the recipient of eight honorary degrees, from institutions including Butler University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Wabash College.

Founded in 1869, Purdue is an Association of American Universities (AAU), Big Ten Conference, land-grant university system with four campuses. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the country’s top 25 public universities, Purdue enjoys global acclaim for the quality of its teaching and research in a wide range of fields.

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