WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (ADAMS) – Mitch Daniels has one more year with Purdue. Daniels announced his retirement as university president on Friday.
He has run Purdue since 2013 and is responsible for the university’s tuition freeze. Daniels went to Purdue after serving as governor of Indiana. His replacement, Mung Chiang, is currently dean of the university’s engineering school and vice president of strategic initiatives.
Purdue posted the following:
Purdue’s Board of Directors today (June 10) announced its unanimous election of Dr. Mung Chiang, currently John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering and Executive Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, as its next university president. Dr. Chiang will replace current President Mitch Daniels effective January 1, 2023. Daniels has served since January 2013.
During Chiang’s five years at Purdue, he led his university to its highest ranking ever, even as it experienced dramatic growth at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Purdue is currently ranked #4 among graduate programs, #3 for online programs, and #10 for undergraduate education, and is the largest undergraduate program in the top 10 nationwide . Government and industry sponsored research funding set new records, as did the 12 National Research Centers now housed at the university.
During this time, Chiang played a pivotal role in building new relationships with federal agencies in the national security and economic development sectors, and in recruiting new companies to invest and create jobs in Discovery Park. Purdue district. He spent 2020 as the Science and Technology Advisor to the US Secretary of State in a prestigious Intergovernmental Personnel Act appointment.
Chiang earned a BS (Hons.) in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics, as well as a Masters and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He came to Purdue from Princeton University, where, in his role as Arthur LeGrand Professor of Electrical Engineering, he was recognized for a number of teaching innovations and served as the first president of Princeton’s Entrepreneurial Council. . The holder of 25 patents, he founded three companies and was named New Jersey’s CEO of the Year in 2014. Among many other academic accolades, Chiang received the Alan T. Waterman Award in 2013 as the nation’s top scientist under the age of 40 for excellence in edge computing, internet congestion, cloud and video optimization and other research areas. Chiang’s research publications have received over 30,000 citations with an H-index of 81. He has earned over 50 Ph.D. students and post-docs, including 24 who have become professors in research universities. His full biography can be read on the Purdue University College of Engineering website.
Chiang will lead a transition from his role as dean, while continuing his mission of strategic initiatives.
Chairman of the Board, Michael Berghoff, said, “Mung is the perfect choice to lead Purdue to its next ‘leap forward’. The board could not be more confident in this selection, as we have had the opportunity to observe his performance in a wide range of functions over five years.
“He has demonstrated not only academic excellence, but also administrative acumen, effective relationship building with academic, government and business partners, and public communication skills. He brings all the talents and experience needed to move our university forward. It’s no surprise that Mung has been offered the presidency of several other schools, and the board is grateful that his loyalty to Purdue kept him here and available as this transition period arrived.
Berghoff thanked Chairman Daniels for his service, saying, “The past decade has seen Purdue achieve unprecedented levels of national recognition, reflected in record enrollments, academic rankings and overall reputation.
Statement by Dr. Mung Chiang
“It is the highest and most humbling honor to be chosen by the Board of Trustees as the next President of Purdue University: the single and most outstanding land-grant institution in the land of the free. Over the past 153 years, and from the Wabash River to the Moon, generations of Boilermakers have contributed to our state, country and humanity immeasurably.There is no other place like Purdue.
“And there is no other university leader like ours. President Daniels and the outstanding team have made Purdue the premier public university in the United States. Under Mitch’s transformational leadership, our university has achieved the strongest academic reputation, from record enrollments to unprecedented research excellence, from the Ever True campaign to the transformed campus. Purdue has led the country to reopen safely during the pandemic, while its financial base is stronger than ever. But there is even more. Mitch is also America’s most innovative president: affordability through tuition freezes, 21st century land grants through Purdue Global, and economic growth in Indiana through entrepreneurship and the Discovery Park District in West Lafayette.
“The incredible success of the Daniels Decade must continue. While my family and I are blessed with the pride of gold and black, I am also humbled by an arduous task: to ensure the continuity of today’s momentum into the next giant leaps. I’ve had the privilege of being part of the Purdue team for the past five years and expanding the service line as Executive Vice President, but there’s a lot more I need to continue to learn, as a student, from each of you. Over the next seven months and beyond, my responsibilities begin with listening to students, faculty, staff, alumni, neighbors and state, national and global partners, all friends and families of Purdue .
“Neil Armstrong said, “Knowledge is fundamental to all human achievement and progress. A university is creating a time when lives are improved through student access and success. My own life was pulled out of scarcity because of education. A university preserves a place for all minds seeking open inquiry. And I am always grateful for the honor of dedicating myself to the talent service of our university. As an immigrant living the American Dream and as a citizen of this greatest nation in human history, I am equally proud to serve, in higher education as I did in the Department of American state, the best hope for freedom and opportunity in the “shining city”. on a hill.’
“The opportunities and challenges are intensifying for American higher education, from the modality and value of learning to investment in R&D by government and the private sector. We are confident that the entire system Purdue, across campuses and units, will innovate together and excel together: one brick at a time, toward unlimited potential in the future of Boilermakers.
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Some important achievements of the presidency of Mitch Daniels
Tuition fees frozen for an unprecedented 11 years until 2022-23.
March 2013: Just seven weeks into his presidency, President Daniels announces a two-year tuition freeze to address rising college costs and affordability concerns. This is the first time that tuition fees will not increase since 1976.
Launching bold initiatives and university priorities: Purdue Moves in 2013 and Purdue’s Next Moves in 2021.
Acquisition, launch and growth of Purdue University Global.
Creation of Purdue Polytechnic High Schools, now three strong schools in Indianapolis and South Bend.
Commitment to free speech, with Purdue becoming the first public institution of higher learning to adopt a free speech policy called the “Chicago Principles”.
Design and championship of the growth and expansion of the Discovery Park District at Purdue.
New partnerships and vital corporate sites including Rolls-Royce, Saab, Schweitzer Engineering Labs.
Record innovation and commercialization activity, including patent and startup growth based on research and discovery from Purdue faculty and students.
Transformation of the State Street Corridor.
Record fundraising growth, including the incredibly successful Ever True fundraising campaign, raising over $2.5 billion, and the launch of Purdue Day of Giving, an annual celebration that grew and reached donors and record donations every year since 2014.
Year-round celebration of Purdue’s 150th anniversary.
Increased rankings at all levels for the university, its colleges and programs.
Unprecedented growth in faculty and undergraduate student body.
Transformative education initiatives, including on-campus three-degree programs, a civic literacy requirement, and a critical thinking growth assessment for all students.
Expansion of the physical plant, including:
Chaney-Hale Science Hall.
Agricultural and Biological Engineering Building.
David and Bonnie Brunner Purdue Veterinary Medical Hospital Complex.
Wilmeth Active Learning Center.
College of Engineering and Purdue Polytechnic Gateway Complex: Dudley Hall and Lambertus Hall.
Marc and Sharon Hagle room.
The Greenhouse Phenotyping Building for Life Sciences Ranges.
Animal Science Complex: Creighton Hall of Animal Sciences, Land O’Lakes Center for Experiential Learning, and Purina Pavilion.
Zucrow High Speed Propulsion Laboratory.
Hypersonic and applied research facility.
Renovations to Schleman Hall of Student Services and Stewart Center for Student Services.
Created a Presidential Lecture Series, bringing leading guest speakers on politics, leadership, culture and society to campus.
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