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Purdue trustees OK performance bonus for Daniels

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Purdue University trustees are giving school president Mitch Daniels a performance bonus for his first six months in office.

Trustees approved the $58,000 bonus following a five-minute discussion Friday.

Daniels has a base salary of $420,000.

The performance goals for Daniels haven't been set.

Trustees chairman Keith Krach praised the job Daniels has done since he became president of Purdue in January.

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  • Where's the bonus for the hardworking purdue employees???
    My husband has worked for Purdue for over 17 years and barely makes over $13 an hour. He has yet to find out whether he will receive a raise this fiscal year, but I guess not since good 'ole Mitch got his bonus. I'd like to see Mitch go out on the farm and do what my husband does which includes sticking his hand in a cow to pregnancy check!
  • Mitch and fiduciary dont match
    To put word fiduciary with Mitch Daniels doesn’t seem right to Purdue grads who worked for IPL………….
  • I knew it!
    I knew the headline of this piece would bring out the Daniels haters. Two things to remember here. First, Daniels can't award himself a bonus. Second, those of you who think that the Trustees are somehow lapdogs for Daniels because he appointed them (his duty as Gov.) are displaying ignorance. Each member of that board is highly distinguished by education, experience and success in their career. All have served in many senior leadership positions before they were ever even considered. Theirs is a fiduciary duty to the University, not to any one employee and they know that. Second guessing their wisdom is your privelege, but it makes you look petty and shallow-minded. By the way, Tom Crean makes more money and he's just a football coach.
  • figures
    Here goes Purdue wastefully spending money again. It amazes me how free they are with giving away and spending tax supported dollars.
  • funny
    Funny how people are making such a big deal over a relatively small amount of money. Really - do you think somehow 58k increase in Mitch's salary is going to increase tuition?? Most college presidents a paid really well - agree or disagree, that is how it is. I would be more concerned of what Dan Evans makes running the IU Health Care system
  • Lord Shortie and his cronies
    That Board is corrupt. $58,000 for being a clock puncher. This is why student tuition is so high. The guy is a slug.
  • performance bonus?
    He has been there six months and the story says that "The performance goals for Daniels haven't been set.", but he somehow qualifies for a $58,000 bonus. What will he get when he figures out where the men'Return NEuroplas room is?
  • wtf?
    I like Mitch and think he was a great governor, but..... given the sacrifices he's asking all Purdue staff to make, he should turn down this money. It sets a REALLY bad example.
  • Rich vs. Poor
    Rewarding Executives and high-level Administrators with 100% year-over-year salary increases and bonuses, regardless of performance (or even bad performance in some cases), has become an American norm. This is why the average worker in America has become cynical. Unfortunately, the old mantra of "hard work pays off" is being eroded by a system that rewards wealth, not hard work.
  • What a surpise!
    How typical of an institution like PU to pick a president with his own appointed trustees, and then give him a bonus that is based on unspecific goals. Do you think Mitch the gov would put up with this crap?

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