Interview with Governor Mitch Daniels Part 2

Indiana's two term governor Mitch Daniels will be leaving office in about a month, but he will not be leaving the state of Indiana.

He has to leave office, because the law limits him to two consecutive four-year terms.

When asked whether he would run again if he could:

“You know mark I don't think I would have,” said Daniels. “Pretty sure I would not have.”

It is hard to imagine what Daniels could have done for an encore after education reform, daylight saving time, the toll road lease, and right to work.

“One thing I'm very gratified about is we never ran out of gas, never got lame,” said Daniels. “You know there have been a lot of people in office that very little done, after the fourth year, and we were still doing big things in year seven and eight.”

As for year nine, that will be spent on the campus of Purdue, where the former governor will become university president and will not be so focused on dramatic change.

“It's not broken,” said Daniels. “State government was really broken, broke and broken when we got there, and Purdue's not in that situation.”

But Daniels said increasing costs put all universities under increasing pressure to prove that their degrees have real value.

“Purdue stacks up very well on that score right now but all of higher education is being challenged
‘Why does it cost so much, and what are these students really learning?’ People are asking questions that they didn't ask a few years ago,” he said.

And the new job will continue to allow Daniels to dabble in job creation. He is even suggesting stronger ties between Purdue and Notre dame; two research universities both trying to turn new ideas into new products and new jobs.

“I think we both can get a lot better at making it happen though. I think there's a lot of brilliance and brilliant new discoveries happening probably on both campuses that aren't turning into new products, new services, new jobs as often and as swiftly as they could,” said Daniels.

So Daniels will kick start a new career in education, taking a job he said he didn't go looking for, and that he almost turned down. But the more he thought about it, the more excited he became about the possibilities.

Daniels was actually voted in as Purdue's next president last June, although he will not assume his new duties until January.


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