Though multiple media outlets are reporting Mitch Daniels will Purdue University’s next president, the governor did not want to talk about it at a Wednesday morning press event.
“It’s just not appropriate. It’s not my— it’s not a topic for today,” Daniels told Indiana Public Broadcasting‘s Brandon Smith, adding “Of course I’m committed to this job, whatever else does or doesn’t happen.”
If Daniels’ move from the statehouse in Indianapolis to Hovde Hall in West Lafayette is confirmed at Thursday’s trustees meeting, he wouldn’t be the first politician to take on the top job at a university.
Below the jump, we have a photo gallery of ten big names who made the leap from politics to academia (or vice versa).
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After eight terms in the Indiana General Assembly, John Gregg served as interim president of his Vincennes University — his alma mater — for less than a year from 2003 to 2004. He is currently running for governor on the Democratic ticket.