INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mitch Daniels on Tuesday wouldn't directly address the likelihood that he will become Purdue University's next president – but he made clear he will "absolutely" serve the rest of his term.
"Of course I'm committed to this job, whatever else does or doesn't happen," he said.
He warned reporters at an Indianapolis jobs announcement that he wouldn't comment on the expected vote by Purdue Board of Trustees on Thursday, saying "it's just not appropriate. It's not a topic for today."
Daniels did, however, have plenty to say about higher education.
"Higher ed I think is more important than it has ever been. It's got big challenges of course and we've talked about them for years – making it affordable for young people, helping young people get through in time, not take five and six years.
"So there are some big challenges but somebody's got to solve them in the interest of our state and the country."
Daniels also said that he doesn't intend to move back into politics in the future.
"If you get a chance you ought to serve but it's not the center of life and it's never been for me," he said. "There are other ways to try to be a constructive citizen and a participant in the life of this state."