Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels will become the next president of Purdue University when he leaves office in January.
Purdue University officials introduced Daniels as the school's
new leader Thursday following a vote by the board of trustees.
The 63-year-old Daniels will succeed France Cordova. She is
stepping down next month after five years at Purdue's helm.
Daniels has served two terms as governor and is barred by state
law from seeking a third term.
The former budget director under President George W. Bush had
been mentioned as a possible presidential candidate but dashed GOP hopes last year when he said he wouldn't enter the race because of family considerations.
He has also been suggested as a running mate for presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney but said repeatedly he wasn't interested.
The chairman of Purdue University's
Board of Trustees says he sought out Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels to
consider becoming the school's new president after Daniels decided
to not seek the Republican presidential nomination.
Trustees chairman Keith Krach called Daniels a distinguished
leader who'll be world-class ambassador for Purdue around the
country and the globe.
Krach spoke after the trustees voted unanimously to name Daniels
as Purdue's new president.
Daniels will take the helm at Purdue after his term as governor
ends in January.
Krach says Purdue provost Timothy Sands will be the school's
interim president after current president France Cordova retires