Daniels' Purdue pay 10th among Big 10 presidents

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Outgoing Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels' salary in his new job as president of Purdue University will rank no better than 10th among Big Ten peers, the school said Saturday.

The Purdue Board of Trustees on Saturday approved a contract that pays Daniels a base annual salary of $420,000 plus incentives that could increase his pay as high as $546,000, the school said.

April 2012 data shows Daniels' potential salary would rank 10th among the 12 Big Ten university presidents, Purdue said.

Compensation for previous Purdue President France Cordova, including deferred compensation, was $555,000.

The five incentive areas are: student affordability, graduation and student achievement, philanthropic support, faculty excellence and recognition, and strategic program development with demonstrated student outcomes in knowledge and understanding, Purdue said. The goals and metrics for Daniels' first year will be set in June.

"Gov. Daniels proposed a salary plan that offers incentives for reaching Purdue goals that are important to all of us — students, families, taxpayers, faculty and staff," trustees Chairman Keith Krach said in a news release. "The board enthusiastically embraced the concept and it underlines our commitment to growing the value of a Purdue degree. This contract goes further on performance goals than any we know about."

Goals and weights will be revised each year and mutually agreed upon by Daniels and the board, Purdue said.

Daniels did not attend the trustees meeting — he was giving the winter commencement address at archrival Indiana University — but said in a statement released by the university that Purdue "is committed to ever-higher standards of teaching and valuable research, provided at a cost accessible to all qualified students."

"As an institution we must embrace these goals and accountability for results in approaching them," Daniels said. "This contract is designed to underscore the university's commitments by aligning my priorities as its employee with the objectives of student success, student affordability, and institutional excellence and reputation."

The contract covers five years and five months, and his start date will be Jan. 15, one day after his second term as governor ends.


  • Oh, come on
    This is in reply to Tom McGinnis (who didn't capitalize his own name), and should have been displayed as such.
  • Oh, come on
    You obviously have no comment regarding this article. You don't have to be a grammar/spelling snob on here. Maybe he's no English major, and maybe you're no physicist or heart surgeon. English may be a second language for him, and maybe he will be the one to save your life someday. You just came across as a bully.
    • Well Qualified
      If Mitch can run a state effectively he can certainly run Purdue University. If you did not attend college, and specifically Purdue University, please don't make comments.
    • Too Much
      Mitch has no experience at a creditable institution of higher education. In fact he is responsible for lowering the quality of the state’s education system (e.g. Western Governors & the Charter Schools). Additionally, he was given a job from a board of trustees that he appointed! I voted for Mitch for governor but this it too much!
    • Tough Crowd
      Sorry,who cares about a mistake someone made 40+ years ago. If Purdue wants Mitch and he wants to be the president - good for them. $420K is not a lot of money for that position and he doesn't need the job and he doesn't need the headaches, but maybe he is trying make a great university better. And I am pretty sure he will.
    • I should have said it!
      You're right DC Indy. I don't like Daniels and feel that his pay should be one of the lowest in the Big Ten. He build his reputation on Republican rhetoric and building up the state savings account while education, unemployment insurance and services suffered. I have more faith in someone like Pence who at least appears to be open to some degree of bi-partisanship.
    • Time To Think, People!
      If you don't like Mitch, just say so! After that, maybe you can grasp a bit of reality. Purdue is a political subdivision of the state of Indiana. It holds title to billions of dollars in real estate, employs many thousands of people, and produces well equipped graduates, many of whom are sought after by the world's leading edge employers. A doctorate in education is not a requirement to be successful at the job, and could in fact be a hindrance if academics trumps vision and real world experience. Daniels has global connections and did not need to take the job, nor does he require "political pay back" from anyone. I credit the Trustees, because Daniels was one of the most popular, well-regarded governors in the US, which should be very helpful with: 1). Raising money like Dr. Jischke did, and 2). Raising Purdue's visibility. I notice none of you Daniels naysayers voiced approval of the fact that his contract pays him the l0th out of 12th lowest salary in the Big Ten. One only wonders what your rant would have been had he negotiated the highest salary in the Big Ten. And what of the past drug use? Since you made no reference to Obama's drug use, you really don't care about that, you're just name calling because you don't like the guy. Try to think objectively -- it's way more enlightening than relying on Democratic/Union propaganda.
      • He's the UIltimate Politician
        This is just a 'keep the money rolling in' stopover for him until it comes time to run for another office [presidency?]. The people he setup at Purdue are just paying him back. The man is politically one of the best.
      • Who cares?
        Who cares? It's Purdue! (Please no comments about the Hoosier's game against Butler Saturday.)
      • Purdue's Shame
        Credence said it best, in song: Some folks are born silver spoon in hand, Lord, don't they help themselves, oh. But when the taxman comes to the door, Lord, the house looks like a rummage sale, yes,
      • Lol...
        ... The man has had a hand in running a Fortune 500 company, the State of Indiana, and was highly touted as a potential candidate for the presidency of the United States of America. I'm pretty confident he can handle his new post, lol.
      • Ehhhhh, "Fail."
        1) too not to 2) background not back round 3) [is] 3rd-person singular English "to be" 4) governor not govenor 5) commas do not induce capitalization 6) [nouns] are a wonderful way to start a sentence. 7) make-believe not make believe Buddy, you're no English major. (Suddenly, I'm thinkin' we have a shortage. Hmmmm.)
        • Our Man Mitch
          Well, Mitch, if your finances get really tight, you can always deal drugs again. Check out Mitch Daniel's Drug Dealing Career from the past: http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0211/Daniels_drug_arrest.html -- Why Would Purdue, one of America's Premier Universities, want an old, out of work, political hack to occupy their office of President? Maybe because His appointees to the Board Of Trustees - made while he was governor - wanted to return the favor? Fellow Purdue Alumni, SHOW YOUR OUTRAGE! Or is this just more Business As Usual - and nobody cares?
        • Daniels pay
          This is great money and to much for someone that has no back round and not qualified to run a school before. Not just because he was a govenor. No teacher back round. Wake up and put one in there to run the school correctly. Not someone with a government back round. Only know how to spend money. Students need leader not make believe.

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