Daniels says he didn’t seek Purdue office upgrades

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels says he never asked Purdue University to spruce up the president's office before he takes over the university's helm in January.

Daniels issued a statement Tuesday saying he was not consulted about the work to install new carpet, lighting and audio/visual equipment at Hovde Hall in West Lafayette. He said he would have asked that the work not be done had he known about it.

The Journal & Courier reported that Purdue is spending $380,000 on upgrades to the building that has been home to university presidents since 1937.

Daniels says the renovation was part of a longstanding plan to renovate parts of Hovde Hall that hadn't been upgraded in decades.

The building is named for Frederick L. Hovde, who was Purdue's seventh president.

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