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Educating advice

Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg spent Wednesday afternoon in Fort Wayne to talk with educators about what he would do as governor, but he couldn’t think of too much advice to offer one of the state’s newest leaders in higher education.

When asked about what advice he could offer Gov. Mitch Daniels, who on Thursday was named Purdue University's next president, Gregg said Daniels has been successful in business and politics so he “would be the last person to give him advice.”

Gregg, who led Vincennes University for two years, would say that the political world is different from academia, especially for the executive. Unlike the governor who can act as the CEO and dictate an agenda, Gregg said the leader of a university has to put a lot more effort into being inclusive with others to build consensus.

He did joke that if Daniels gets the job, “There’s one less Hoosier I’ve got to find a job for.”

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