Brian, a Purdue alumni and Academic All Big Ten player, and I hosted a Purdue University reunion party last night. The gathering permitted alumni football players and other alumni to unite in the name of a par excellent University renowned for its teaching/record research grants; record numbers of patents, licenses, and startup companies. The leader of this superb teaching institution is President Mitchell E. Daniels. We were honored to host President Daniels, among the other VIPS.
The evening provided the opportunity to speak with President Daniels in person, and in doing so further solidified my opinion of his exceptional character and background. He truly is a humble, nice and poised person who happens to be very intelligent. No airs about this dignitary, although when you read his bio and accolades, you very well may conclude he would be untouchable.
Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. became the 12th president of Purdue University in January 2013, at the conclusion of his second term as Governor of the State of Indiana.
In recognition of his leadership both as Governor and as president of Purdue University, Fortune Magazine named President Daniels to its list of the top 50 world leaders in March 2015.
Many other organizations have also recognized his leadership. In 2008, Governing magazine named him Public Official of the Year. In October 2010, Daniels received The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation’s inaugural Medal for Distinguished Service to Education for his efforts to reform education. In January 2011, he was one of three recipients selected to receive the first-ever Fiscy Award, presented for leadership and commitment to responsible financial stewardship by the non-partisan Fiscy Awards Committee. In May 2012, the Manhattan Institute presented the governor with its Alexander Hamilton Award for his achievements in state government; including healthcare improvements, landmark education reforms and fiscal responsibility.
Daniels, who is also the author of the best-selling book “Keeping the Republic: Saving America by Trusting Americans,” earned a bachelor’s degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University in 1971, and his law degree from Georgetown University in 1979.
Additional guests included former NFL halfback – Rose Bowl Hall of Famer and Mount Rushmore Purdue Football player Leroy Keyes and his wife Monica, Purdue Football coach Darell Hazell and others.
Happy I could be a amid the high caliber alumni celebrating Purdue and its family; that’s Kefi!