October 13, 2022

A conversation with Brian Lamb and Mitch Daniels set for Oct. 24

The C-SPAN founder and Purdue president to discuss Purdue, the nation and higher education

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – In October 2012 as Purdue University’s president-elect, Mitch Daniels sat down for a public conversation with C-SPAN founder and Purdue alum Brian Lamb. Now, 10 years later, Daniels will once again join Lamb for a wide-ranging conversation on the university’s engaging recent history and other topics of importance to our country and higher education.

The special “Conversation with Brian Lamb,” hosted by the Center for C-SPAN Scholarship & Engagement, will take place Oct. 24 in Stewart Center’s Fowler Hall on Purdue’s campus. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and the event will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The hourlong talk with Daniels will cover his past 10 years at Purdue and what might lie ahead for higher education and beyond.

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and registration is required; attendees must show their e-tickets at the door. To register and receive a ticket, go to bit.ly/ConversationCCSE.

Daniels will step down as the university’s president, effective Jan. 1. He took the reins at Purdue in January 2013 after completing his second term as Indiana’s governor. Mung Chiang, Purdue’s  executive vice president for strategic initiatives and the former John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering, will serve as the university’s next president.

At Purdue, Daniels prioritized student affordability and reinvestment in the university’s strengths. Purdue has held tuition unchanged from 2012 through at least the 2022-23 academic year, breaking with a 36-year trend. Simultaneously, room rates have remained steady, meal plan rates have fallen about 10% and student borrowing has dropped 32%, while investments in student success and STEM research have undergone unprecedented growth. It is less expensive to attend Purdue today than it was in 2012. During the Daniels decade, higher education nationally has undergone significant changes, with no end to the challenges on the horizon.

In recognition of his leadership as both a governor and a university president, Daniels was named among the Top 50 World Leaders by Fortune magazine in 2015 and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2019.

The “Conversation with Brian Lamb” event is sponsored by the Center for C-SPAN Scholarship & Engagement and the Brian Lamb School of Communication in Purdue’s College of Liberal Arts and is a featured part of the national CCSE Research Conference.

For more information contact Andrea Langrish, CCSE managing director, at centerforcspan@purdue.edu.

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