Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. is the 12th president of Purdue University and the former governor of Indiana. He was elected Indiana’s 49th governor in 2004 in his first bid for any elected office, and then re-elected in 2008 with more votes than any candidate for public office in the state’s history. During his tenure, Indiana went from bankruptcy to a AAA credit rating, led the nation in infrastructure building, and passed sweeping education and healthcare reforms.
At Purdue, Daniels has prioritized student affordability, free speech, and reinvestment in the university’s strengths. In recognition of his leadership as both a governor and a university president, Daniels was named among the Top 50 World Leaders by Fortune Magazine in March 2015. Prior to becoming governor, Daniels served as senior advisor to two U.S. Presidents and as the president of Eli Lilly’s North American pharmaceutical operations.