Mitchell E. Daniels Jr.

  • Purdue University

Mitch Daniels is currently serving as the 12th president of Purdue University. He assumed this role in January 2013 at the conclusion of this term as Governor of the State of Indiana. He was elected as the 49th governor of Indiana in 2004, in his first bid for any elected office. He was re-elected in 2008 to a second and final term, receiving more votes than any candidate for any public office in the state’s history. Mitch came from a successful career in business and government, holding numerous top management positions in both the private and public sectors. His work as CEO of the Hudson Institute and President of Eli Lilly and Company’s North American Pharmaceutical Operations taught him the business skills he brought to state government. He also served as Chief of Staff to Senator Richard Luger, Senior Advisor to President Ronald Reagan and Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President George W. Bush. Mitch is the author of Keeping the Republic: Saving America by Trusting Americans (2011) and Aiming Higher: Words That Changed a State (2012). He received his B.A. from Princeton and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.