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Mitch Daniels steps down as Purdue chairman

Former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is stepping down as president of Purdue University after 10 years in the role, Purdue announced Friday.

Daniels, 73, will serve until Jan. 1, when he will be replaced by Mung Chiang, the university’s dean of engineering and executive vice president for strategic initiatives, the school said. Chiang has been at Purdue for five years.

“The past decade has seen Purdue achieve unprecedented levels of national recognition, reflected in record enrollment, academic rankings and overall reputation,” Board Chairman Michael Berghoff said in a written statement on the Daniels tenure.

Daniels, who served as governor of Indiana from 2005 to 2013, became chairman of Purdue in January 2013. Seven weeks into his presidency, he announced a two-year tuition freeze to deal with the rising university costs. Tuition fees have been frozen at the school ever since.

During his tenure as Governor of Indiana, Daniels appointed three of the current Indiana Supreme Court justices, including Chief Justice Loretta Rush in September 2012, Justice Steven David in October 2010, and Justice Mark S. Massa in March 2012.

“My partner and friend, President Daniels, is part of a generation of proud Boilermakers who are taking small steps and turning them into giant leaps,” Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb said in written comments Friday. . “Purdue University has always been a world-class institution with brilliant graduates around the world, and Mitch has taken the university to even higher levels. In his 10 years at the helm, Mitch has delivered a higher education of the highest proven value, from freezing tuition fees for his entire tenure to establishing a national online university, to creating a network of Indiana STEM charter schools and making record investments around the world. class search.

The Indiana attorney contributed to this story.