Dan HaslerDan Hasler is the new president of the Purdue Research Foundation and chief entrepreneurial officer. Purdue President Mitch E. Daniels says Purdue is not fully realizing the innovative potential, citing more than two dozen Purdue entities working in some fashion Hasler appointed president of Purdue Research Foundation on technology transfer and the promotion of entrepreneurial activity.

“With this move, we seek to create an ecosystem conducive to invention and entrepreneurism, from the newest undergraduate to the most senior researcher, he says. “We are assigning to PRF and to its new president the lead role in coordinating the many offices and activities already working toward this goal.”

“Our primary goal is to empower more faculty innovation and to become more attractive to faculty innovators,” Daniels says. “We want to turn Purdue into a fountain of new goods, services, companies and jobs. If we can build the right climate, good things will happen for the economy and society.”

Hasler served as Daniels’ secretary of commerce for the state of Indiana and was CEO of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. He retired in 2010 from Eli Lilly and Co. after a 31-year career. Hasler is a 1980 graduate of DePauw University and holds an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.