In some of her first public remarks about her goals, Cordova said she will assemble committees to fix problems on campus, the Journal & Courier of Lafayette reported.
"Some people think it's interdisciplinary if a physicist and a chemist work together," she was quoted as saying. "I think it's when a musician and a geologist get together."
Cordova, who wants to keep one foot in the classroom by teaching courses, was previously chancellor of the University of California-Riverside. She succeeds Martin Jischke, who retired from Purdue after raising $1.7 billion and dramatically stepping up the university's involvement in economic development.