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New Purdue president Daniels to live on campus

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Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels says he'll live in the president's house once he takes over at Purdue University but will go back and forth to his Carmel home.

Daniels was introduced as the university's 12th president Thursday after a unanimous vote by the Board of Trustees.

Daniels and wife Cheri chose not to move into the Indiana governor's residence after his election in 2004. They said the recently renovated home still needed $2.6 million in upgrades and that they planned to build a home in a gated community in the Indianapolis suburb of Carmel.

The governor's residence had been empty before. No one ever lived in the second governor's mansion in downtown Indianapolis in 1827, and the house was torn down 30 years later.

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  • home is where the heart is
    Icertainly expect that the next governor lives in the governor's residence. We in the neighborhood felt we were really slighted by the negative effect of the residence's not being used. The residence is a symbol of the state of Indiana furnishing a place for the governor and his family to show their appreciation for their fellow citizens and reside and enjoy what has been provided for them. this is part of the trappings of office just like the white house.
  • It's ok because 150+ Years Ago....
    1827? Are you kidding? Mitch lived at Geist when he was elected, suckered a bunch of people to donate millions to upgrade the governors mansion on North Meridian (Campaign director at Angie's List) then it leaked out he was building a mansion in a Carmel gated community and had no intention of ever living in the governors mansion. He will do whatever he wants without any regard to public opinion. Just look at how he got the Purdue job.

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