Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr.
Public Affairs, Business, and Administration
Public Affairs and Public Policy
Mitchell (Mitch) Daniels is an American academic administrator, businessman, author, and retired politician who served as the 49th Governor of Indiana, from 2005 to 2013. Since 2013 Daniels has been president of Purdue University, where he has launched a series of initiatives focused on affordability and accessibility, research, and STEM leadership. Daniels served as the director of the Office of Management and Budget under George W. Bush (2001-2003). In this role he was also a member of the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council. As Governor, he focused on improving the performance of state government, and under his guidance, Indiana passed sweeping education reforms, including the nation's first statewide school choice voucher program. Because of these reforms, Indiana is expanding charter schools, providing parents with more school choice, revising teacher evaluations and expanding full-day kindergarten funding. In October 2010, Daniels received The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation's inaugural Medal for Distinguished Service to Education. In May 2012, the Manhattan Institute presented the governor with its Alexander Hamilton Award for his achievements in state government; including healthcare improvements, landmark education reforms and fiscal responsibility.