Indiana Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kevin Brinegar
"The Indiana Chamber, representing nearly 5,000 member companies and their 800,000 employees, is pleased that our state will continue to directly benefit from Gov. Daniels' passion, innovation and commitment to excellence.
"Purdue University is already an outstanding higher education institution. The impact of Gov. Daniels' leadership and national profile, combined with the many strong assets already in place, will elevate the entire university community – and our state – to even greater levels of achievement."
Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.)
"I congratulate Governor Daniels and Purdue University on this exciting announcement. The pairing of one of our nation's most innovative leaders with one of our premier institutions of higher learning means exciting days are ahead in West Lafayette.
"I always said 'President Daniels' has a nice ring to it. Despite the numerous national opportunities available to him, the governor followed his heart and chose to stay home in Indiana. In doing so, he once again demonstrated his passion for our state and commitment to improving our education system for future generations. I commend the governor for his dedication to Hoosiers and look forward to working with him as he leads Purdue University."
Democratic governor candidate John Gregg
“I want to congratulate Governor Daniels on his appointment as President of Purdue. As Governor, I look forward to working with him to make our public universities affordable for all Hoosiers and partnering with our research universities to develop new technologies and companies that will fuel our economy for years to come. As a former university president myself, I understand the challenges that lie ahead for Governor Daniels, and am eager to work with him toward these common goals."
“Finally, as Governor, I will focus on jobs and I am happy to hear that with his new job, this makes one less person I will have to find a job for.”
Indiana Republican Party State Chairman Eric Holcomb
"For a school always aiming higher, sending nearly two dozen of their own into space, naming Mitch Daniels as the next president of Purdue University makes perfect sense.
"Governor Daniels will bring a lifetime of experience in the private and public sectors to West Lafayette in order to tackle the important work that lies ahead.
"When Mitch Daniels became our governor he said, 'Buckle Up.' Upon this new assignment, we all say 'Boiler Up!' "
Indiana Higher Education Commissioner Teresa Lubbers
"This announcement signals an exciting new chapter in the life of a great university and a great public servant. In naming Governor Daniels as President, Purdue trustees chose to select a leader with superior intellectual credentials and a range of public and private experiences that will serve him and Purdue very well."
Indiana Democratic Party Chairman Dan Parker
"We congratulate Mitch Daniels on his appointment as president of Purdue University and wish him well in his new endeavor. Purdue is a critical part of the state's education infrastructure, and our future depends on the financial and academic health of our institutions of higher learning."
Republican governor candidate Mike Pence
"Governor Mitch Daniels is an outstanding choice to serve Purdue University as their next president. Mitch's intellect, energy and visionary leadership will benefit not only Purdue's students and faculty, but also improve the quality of Indiana's workforce and create new economic opportunities for all Hoosiers.
Purdue University and our state are fortunate to have someone of his nationally-recognized reputation assuming the helm of one of our flagship academic institutions."