Mitch Daniels head shot

Mitchell E. Daniels

President, Purdue University

Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr., is the 12th president of Purdue University, a post he assumed in January 2013, at the conclusion of his term as governor of the state of Indiana. Daniels was elected Indiana’s 49th governor in 2004 and was re-elected in 2008. As governor, Daniels spearheaded a host of reforms aimed at strengthening Indiana’s economy and at improving the ethical standards, fiscal condition, and performance of state government. He led the state to its first balanced budget in eight years and, without a tax increase, transformed the nearly $800 million deficit he inherited into an annual surplus of $370 million within a year. Daniels' innovations include the Healthy Indiana Plan, enacted in 2007 to provide health care coverage for uninsured adults. In May 2012, the Manhattan Institute presented him with its Alexander Hamilton Award for his achievements in state government, including health care improvements, landmark education reforms, and fiscal responsibility. He served as chief executive officer of the Hudson Institute and president of Eli Lilly and Company's North American Pharmaceutical Operations. Daniels earned a bachelor's degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton in 1971 and his law degree from Georgetown in 1979.