Annual Open Letter to the People of Purdue from Mitch Daniels

January 7, 2019

At many universities it’s customary for someone in my role to deliver a formal state of the university speech.  I have always preferred instead to prepare an annual open letter, reflecting on the year just passed and our hopes for the year to come.  

While we approach 2019 with the great optimism that comes from record applications, research grants, and donations, we recognize that Purdue’s recent successes provide no assurance about tomorrow, especially in view of the challenges facing the higher education sector.

This sesquicentennial year, as much as any since 2013, will be a year of strategic decision making at your university.  The fundamental question facing us is the optimal future size for the university, followed closely by how we expect that population to be distributed across our various colleges, and how we will continue to help our students succeed and graduate in a timely manner.  These questions will drive other choices, around capital investments, tuition and fees, and other financial matters.  

I hope you'll take some time to read the message and join us in thinking about the challenges we face and the opportunities we look forward to in 2019.

Read President Daniels’ 2019 Open Letter here

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