One on one with Purdue President Mitch Daniels
Since becoming the president of Purdue University just five months ago, former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has taken action to freeze tuition and reduce some student fees. Is he trying to send a message to other universities?
Eyewitness News sat down with Daniels for a one-on-one interview.
Kevin Rader: "Are you comfortable here now?"
Mitch Daniels: "The job is still in some respects unfamiliar and I won't be comfortable until I am confident that we are getting big things, good things and the right things done for Purdue."
"When you were governor, you argued to make higher education more affordable and that kids need to be graduating on time."
Daniels: "It's the first time in 36 years that tuition did not go up here at Purdue. First time ever the cost of food went down. For my students on this campus it will be less expensive to be a student on this campus than it was in 2012-2013. Maybe there is a campus somewhere in America that can say that but I haven't found it yet."
"Is it harder at a school that is academically focused like Purdue to be athletically competitive?"
Daniels: "Purdue is one of seven schools left in Division One that is not subsidizing its athletic program. I said don't ask us to charge more money to a young person from Terre Haute or Jeffersonville to pay more to cover losses in the athletic program."
"When you were considering a run for president you said there were other ways to serve. Do you find now this is the comfortable way for you?"
Daniels: "There you go again with that word comfortable which I am not ready to use. But I will agree with the premise of the question which is this is a great opportunity to serve. If a person can do a good job at this assignment he would be able to tell himself he did something really useful for Indiana."