Daniels taking Purdue's message to national stage

September 16, 2013  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue President Mitch Daniels has had a calendar full of media and speaking engagements in the community and state to address some of the major questions facing higher education and Purdue's response. Now he is taking the university's message to a national audience.

In addition to one-on-one interviews with national publications such as The Wall Street Journal and New York Times, the upcoming events on his schedule include:

Tuesday, Sept. 17

* Higher Education Innovation Summit, National Press Club, Washington, D.C. The event is sponsored by The Council on Competiveness and Northeastern University with an audience that includes media as well as more than 100 policymakers and education thought leaders. The summit focuses on recent survey research of business leaders and the general public on the skills, competencies and credentials needed to compete in a global economy and the innovations needed in higher education to build a workforce for the future.

Wednesday, Sept. 18

* Daniels will host Indiana's congressional delegation and their top staffs at an event on Capitol Hill to encourage them to engage in Purdue's efforts, especially supporting the university's research agenda and securing significant federal grants.

* Daniels will be featured at the Bloomberg Newsmaker Luncheon, hosted by prominent commentator Al Hunt, and will appear on Bloomberg television to discuss the importance of technology transfer and efforts Purdue has put in place to speed innovations to market. Bloomberg TV reaches 310,000,000 households around the world.

* The American Dream 2.0 coalition will host a national media teleconference with Daniels to discuss trends and transitions in higher education and major new initiatives at Purdue. The coalition is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

* Business Roundtable meeting with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and America's Fortune 100 CEOs in Washington, D.C. Daniels will participate in a discussion centering on actionable steps the business community can take to create a greater sense of urgency to improve education results and contribute to building a stronger U.S. workforce. The Business Roundtable is a membership organization of CEOs from America's top 100 corporations as defined by revenues.

Thursday, Sept. 19

* Daniels will be a featured panelist at the Time Summit on Higher Education, co-sponsored by Time magazine, the Carnegie Corporation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The summit will focus on the American university as a research laboratory for the nation in science, technology, engineering, math, the social sciences and humanities. Daniels' co-panelists will Condoleezza Rice, Norm Augustine and presidential science and technology adviser John Holdren, with Fareed Sakaria as moderator.

Tuesday, Sept. 24

* Daniels will return to Washington, D.C., to speak to the national board of directors of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, focusing on entitlement and tax reform and the need for government investment in fundamental scientific research. 

Other upcoming appearances include:

* In October, Daniels will be at the Council on Competitiveness National Competitiveness Forum as part of a panel discussing the future of higher education. That same month he will give a distinguished lecture at the 2013 National Academy of Engineering Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. He will discuss the commitment of the university and state of Indiana to expanding the scope of engineering at Purdue. He'll again travel to New York City to address the NBC Education Nation Summit.

* Daniels also will present the opening address in November to the annual meeting of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, a gathering of presidents and top leaders from most of the nation's pre-eminent universities and Purdue's peer institutions.

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