WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — The Purdue Board of Trustees has unanimously selected Indiana Gov. Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. to be the university's next president.
Daniels will start in January at the conclusion of his second term as governor. He will be Purdue's 12th president, succeeding France A. Córdova, who will step down July 15.
The chairman of Purdue University's Board of Trustees says he sought out Daniels to consider becoming the school's new president after Daniels decided to not seek the Republican presidential nomination.
Trustees chairman Keith Krach called Daniels a distinguished leader who'll be world-class ambassador for Purdue around the country and the globe.
Krach spoke after the trustees voted unanimously to name Daniels as Purdue's new president.
Daniels will take the helm at Purdue after his term as governor ends in January.
Krach says Purdue provost Timothy Sands will be the school's interim president after current president France Cordova retires next month.
The Purdue University fight song played as Daniels joined the school's trustees on stage minutes after they voted to select him as its next president.
Daniels wore a tie with Purdue's black-and-gold school colors that he joked he didn't buy last night, but was given to him by former Purdue president Martin Jischke (JISS'-kee) seven years ago.
Daniels acknowledged that his credentials are different from the typical leader of a large university but emphasized that he's spent much of his life trying to learn from those in academia.
Daniels says he'll much of the next six months before taking the job listening and asking questions. He says he'll try to earn the honor of leading the 75,000-student Purdue system.
REACTION: Daniels pick gains praise from leaders
The leader of the Indiana House and the Republican who hopes to replace Mitch Daniels as governor are both praising his selection by Purdue University trustees as the school's next president.
Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma says Daniels is "uniquely qualified" to build upon Purdue's tremendous faculty and international reputation. Bosma has a Purdue engineering degree and says he's thrilled with the Daniels pick.
GOP gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence says he expects Daniels' leadership will benefit Purdue and help create new economic opportunities for the state.
Indiana University President Michael McRobbie says he looks forward to working with Daniels to help the state's two largest universities continue to grow and succeed.