Curriculum Vitae for Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr.

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  • Georgetown University Law Center, JD, 1979
  • Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, AB, 1971

Professional Experience

  • Purdue University, President, 2013-present
  • State of Indiana, Governor, 2005-2013
  • President George W. Bush's Cabinet, 2001-2003 
    • Director of the Office of Management and Budget
  • Eli Lilly and Company, 1990-2000
    • Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Policy, 1997-2000
    • President of North American Pharmaceutical Operations, 1993-1997
    • Vice President of Corporate Affairs, 1990-1993
  • The Hudson Institute, 1987-1990
    • Chief Executive Officer
  • Baker & Daniels LLP, 1987-1990
    • Of Counsel
  • President Ronald Reagan's White House Staff, 1984-1987
    • Assistant to the President for Political and Intergovernmental Affairs
  • National Republican Senatorial Committee, 1983-1984
    • Executive Director
  • U.S. Senator Richard Lugar's Senate Staff, 1977-1982
    • Chief of Staff
  • U.S. Senate Candidate Richard Lugar, 1976
    • Campaign Manager
  • Indianapolis Mayor's Office, 1971-1975
    • Administrative Assistant to Mayor Richard Lugar

Public Service

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Commission to Build a Healthier America, 2013-2014
  • National Research Council, Committee on Human Spaceflight, Co-Chair, February 2013-2014
  • The Trilateral Commission, Member, January 2014-December 2020
  • Commission on Presidential Debates, Board of Directors, 2014-2016
  • Council on Foreign Relations, Task Force on Noncommunicable Diseases, Co-Chair, January 2014-present
  • Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, Co-Chair, July 2015-present
  • Urban Institute, Trustee, September 2015-present
  • Aspen Institute, Aspen Prize Judge, 2015, 2017
  • Aspen Institute Initiative on the Future of Work, Co-Chair, 2015-present
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education, Board Member, November 2015-present

Corporate Boards

  • Cerner Health Ventures, Board of Directors, January 2014-present
  • Hulman & Company, Board of Directors, 2014-present
  • Interactive Intelligence, Board of Directors, 2015-present
  • Norfolk Southern, Board of Directors, November 2016-present

Awards and Recognition (Partial List)


  • Public Official of the Year, Association of Defense Communities, for leadership in saving Indiana's defense assets
  • Honorary Life Membership, Indiana State Rifle & Pistol Association
  • Honorary American Degree, FFA
  • Government Leader of the Year, Indiana Chamber of Commerce
  • Public Official of the Year, American Council of Engineering Companies of Indiana
  • National Council for Public-Private Partnerships' Leadership Award
  • Outstanding Achievement Award and Project of the Year for Major Moves, American Road & Transportation Builders Association
  • President's Award, Wellness Council of Indiana


  • Honorary "Aggie" Award, the Indiana Mineral Aggregates Association
  • 2007 Commissioner's Award, the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families, presented by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports medallion
  • Elected to The Indiana Academy, which recognizes those who have "distinguished themselves in the advance of science, the arts, literature, culture, or scholarship and/or in service to or the philanthropic support of higher education in Indiana."
  • Excellence in American Agriculture Award, the Center for Food Integrity 2007 Summit, for commitment to the agricultural industry
  • Annie Casey Foundation Award, recognizing unwavering commitment to Indiana families and children


  • Times Partners in Progress Award, Business and Industry Hall of Fame awards, presented by the Times of Northwest Indiana
  • True Champion for Children Award, Prevent Child Abuse Indiana and The Villages, presented "in recognition of steadfast dedication to improving the lives of Indiana’s vulnerable children"
  • Selected for an award from Prevent Child Abuse America/Healthy Families America recognizing commitment to families and children
  • The inaugural David R. Jones Lifetime Achievement Award at the Fund for American Studies Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. The award was created to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the ideas of freedom.
  • The sole Red Coat recipient for the 2008 Mad Anthony's Charity Classic for Children
  • Urban Innovator Award, the Manhattan Institute's Center for Civic Innovation
  • Public Official of the Year, Governing magazine


  • The Champions of Diversity Award, fourth annual Indianapolis Recorder and Indiana Minority Business Magazine Champions of Diversity Dinner and Awards Presentation
  • Inducted into Dads Inc.'s Fatherhood Hall of Fame
  • Silver Beaver Award, Boy Scouts Crossroads of America Council


  • International Citizen of the Year, International Center of Indianapolis
  • 2010 Customer Service Excellence Award, American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators
  • Ducks Unlimited Conservation Leadership Award
  • Inaugural Medal for Distinguished Service to Education, The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
  • Herman Kahn Award, the Hudson Institute


  • Inaugural State and Local Fiscy Award
  • Meritorious Service Award, Indiana Pork
  • Ducks Unlimited Wetland Conservation Achievement Award
  • The Ronald Reagan Award, Harbour League
  • The Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service, presented during the Arab American Institute’s Kahil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Awards Gala
  • The Real Leader Award, State Budget Solutions
  • The 2011 Friend of the Family Award, Indiana Family Institute
  • The Odyssey Award, Center for Medicine in the Public Interest
  • The 2011 Pathfinder Award, Indiana Sports Corporation
  • Named Policy Chairman, Republican Governor’s Association


  • Excellence in Government Award, Warsaw Chamber of Commerce
  • Distinguished Service Award, The Bowen Center for Public Affairs, presented at the center's annual Institute on Political Participation
  • Alexander Hamilton Award, Manhattan Institute
  • Theodore Roosevelt Award, Indiana Wildlife Federation
  • Legislator of the Year, Indiana Bowhunter Association
  • Foundation for Excellence in Education Achievement Award
  • International Motorsports Industry Show Achievement Award, presented by Tony Stewart
  • Orr-O'Bannon Lifetime Achievement Award, Indiana Economic Development Association


  • Woodrow Wilson Award, Princeton University, the university’s highest alumni honor
  • Bradley Prize, Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, awarded annually to recognize "innovative thinkers and practitioners."
  • Hoosier of the Year, The Indiana Society of Chicago, given to "a person who, within their career, has served the state of Indiana with grace and distinction."


  • 2014 Senator Orrin Hatch Award for Advancing Healthy Aging, Alliance for Aging Research, given to individuals who have made significant contributions to health care throughout their career


  • World's Greatest Leaders, Fortune Magazine, one of 50 leaders recognized for their vision, effectiveness, commitment and courage to pioneer
  • Savas Award for Public-Private Partnerships, Reason Foundation, awarded annually to honor those who "improved the cost-effective provision of public services through partnerships with private organizations"


  • Living Legend, Indiana Historical Society, awarded to "extraordinary Hoosiers for their contributions in Indiana and nationwide"
  • The American Road and Transportation Builders Association, P3 Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Overall P3 Champion, Performance Based Building Coalition InfraAmericas Conference
  • American Liberty Award, The London Center for Policy Research

Commencement Addresses

  • Maryville College (Tennessee), May 15, 1988
  • University of Indianapolis, May 19, 1990
  • Anderson University, 1996
  • Marian College, May 11, 2002
  • Valparaiso Law School, May 21, 2005
  • IUPUI Law School, May 14, 2006
  • Ivy Tech Central Indiana, May 10, 2008
  • Butler University, May 10, 2009
  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, May 30, 2009
  • Franklin College, May 22, 2010
  • Indiana University, December 15, 2012
  • Purdue University, May 2013-present

Honorary Degrees

  • University of Indianapolis, honorary Doctor of Laws, 1996
  • Anderson University, honorary Doctor of Laws, 1996
  • Marian College, honorary Doctor of Public Service, 2002
  • Vincennes University, honorary Doctorate of Laws, 2006
  • Butler University, honorary Doctor of Laws, 2009
  • Rose-Hulman, honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, 2009
  • Franklin College, honorary Doctorate of Laws, 2010
  • Wabash College, honorary Doctor of Laws, 2011
  • Bellarmine University, honorary Juris Doctorate, 2012


  • Notes from the Road: 16 Months of Towns, Tales and Tenderloins, 2004
  • Keeping the Republic: Saving America by Trusting Americans, 2011
  • Aiming Higher: Words That Changed a State, 2012

Major Speeches (Recent)

  • Republican speaker at the Gridiron Dinner, March 12, 2011
  • The National Press Club, September 26, 2011
  • Republican response to the President's State of the Union, January 24, 2012
  • Department of Energy Innovation Summit Keynote, February 26, 2013
  • National Academy of Engineering Keynote, "Re-engineering America: Not Just About Numbers," October 6, 2013
  • Economic Club of Indiana Speaker Series, October 7, 2013
  • 126th APLU Annual Meeting Opening Speaker, November 19, 2013
  • Remarks to the Board of Directors, National Association of Manufacturers, March 13, 2014
  • Keynote Address at the 2016 USDA Agriculture Outlook Forum, February 25, 2016

Congressional Testimony

  • Senate Special Committee on Aging, Medicare And Drug Benefit, February 8, 2000
  • House Committee on Government Reform, June 21, 2000
  • Senate and House Budget Committees, March 1-2, 2001
  • House Subcommittee on Government Efficiency, Financial Management, and Intergovernmental Relations of the Committee on Government Reform, March 30, 2001
  • Senate Budget Committee, July 12, 2001
  • House Committee on Rules, July 25, 2001
  • House Budget Committee, September 5, 2001
  • House Ways and Means Committee, February 6, 2002
  • House Appropriations Subcommittee on Treasury, Postal Service and General Government, March 14, 2002
  • Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Treasury, Postal Service and General Government, March 20, 2002
  • Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, April 11, 2002
  • Senate Joint Printing Committee, July 10, 2002
  • Committee on House Budget, July 17, 2002
  • Senate and House Budget Committees, February 4-5, 2003
  • House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Treasury, Postal Service and General Government, March 19, 2003
  • House Subcommittee on Highways, Transit and Pipelines, May 24, 2006
  • House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, June 25, 2014
  • House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training, March 17, 2015
  • Senate Committee on Finance, June 25, 2015
  • Joint Economic Committee, September 30, 2015
  • Joint Economic Committee, September 8, 2016

Columns and Articles


  • Change leaders to reach potential — Mitch Daniels: Republican, Indianapolis Star, September 26, 2004


  • 'Major moves' would benefit all Hoosiers, South Bend Tribune, December 6, 2005
  • 'Major moves' would help entire state. Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, December 16, 2005


  • For Whom the Road Tolls, New York Times, May 27, 2006
  • One State's Key to Efficiency: Private Sector, Investor's Business Daily, August 15, 2006
  • Connector concept deserves consideration, Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, November 24, 2006
  • New ideas keep state moving forward, Indianapolis Star, November 26, 2006


  • 'Profit,' 'private' aren’t dirty words; Unhinging bureaucracy helps taxpayers, Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, January 2, 2007
  • Taxpayers benefit when government contracts with private businesses, The Times of Northwest Indiana, January 2, 2007
  • FSSA contract with IBM is obvious answer to obvious need, South Bend Tribune, January 3, 2007
  • Creating welfare system that benefits taxpayers, Indianapolis Star, January 7, 2007


  • We're poised to make property tax history, Indianapolis Star, March 9, 2008
  • Legislators must side with taxpayers, not tax spenders, The Times of Northwest Indiana, March 9, 2008


  • Indiana entangled by too much government, Journal & Courier, January 25, 2009
  • Governor Mitch Daniels: Changes will ease burden on NWI taxpayers, The Times of Northwest Indiana, February 27, 2009
  • Indiana Says 'No Thanks' to Cap and Trap, No honest person thinks this will make a dent in climate change, The Wall Street Journal, May 15, 2009
  • The Coming Reset in State Government, My fellow governors and I are likely facing a permanent reduction in tax revenues, The Wall Street Journal, September 3, 2009


  • Responsibility for effecting change rests in hands of NWI residents, The Times of Northwest Indiana, February 14, 2010
  • Hoosiers and Health Savings Accounts, An Indiana experiment that is reducing costs for the state and its employees, The Wall Street Journal, March 1, 2010
  • We Good Europeans, For now, we better start adjusting to our new status as good Europeans, The Wall Street Journal, March 25, 2010
  • Hoosiers vs. Crony Capitalism, How my state took on the Obama bailout machine and restored the rule of law, The Wall Street Journal, June 4, 2010
  • Time for Emergency Economic Reform, How about a payroll tax holiday, funded by federal spending, hiring and pay freeze?, The Wall Street Journal, September 8, 2010
  • What America Can Learn From China, Ricochet, November 13, 2010


  • Local Government Reform, Indianapolis Star, January 18, 2011
  • Government for Internet Age, not frontier days, The Times of Northwest Indiana, January 23, 2011
  • An ObamaCare Appeal From the States, Twenty-one governors representing more than 115 million Americans have written to Kathleen Sebelius asking for more flexibility on health-care reform, The Wall Street Journal, February 7, 2011
  • Northwest Indiana must seize this golden opportunity, The Times of Northwest Indiana, February 20, 2011
  • We’re reaping benefits of sports investments, Indianapolis Star, June 20, 2011


  • NWI is isolated from rest of Indiana, The Times of Northwest Indiana, February 19, 2012
  • Welfare Reform, The Times of Northwest Indiana, August 28, 2012
  • The Fracker’s Guide to a Greener World, The Wall Street Journal, November 11, 2012


  • A Real Measure of Higher Ed Success, The Wall Street Journal, December 16, 2013


  • How Student Debt Harms the Economy, The Wall Street Journal, July 14, 2015
  • Could Income-Share Agreements Help Solve the Student Debt Crisis?, Washington Post, August 20, 2015


  • Washington's Wake-Up Call, The Wall Street Journal, September 13, 2016