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Alumni Armstrong (Con)

Alumni Armstrong (Con)

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These emails were obtained by the Journal & Courier from Purdue University through Indiana's public records law. The newspaper asked for emails received by the university, the Purdue Alumni Association and the Board of Trustees expressing an opinion on the selection of Mitch Daniels as university president. Some emails shown have been edited slightly or redacted by the Journal & Courier at the authors' request. Letters shown are used with permission.
These emails were obtained by the Journal & Courier from Purdue University through Indiana's public records law. The newspaper asked for emails received by the university, the Purdue Alumni Association and the Board of Trustees expressing an opinion on the selection of Mitch Daniels as university president. Some emails shown have been edited slightly or redacted by the Journal & Courier at the authors' request. Letters shown are used with permission.

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From: s r armstrong [mailto:arms0042@yahoo.

com] sent: Thursday, June 21, 2012 2:44 PM To: Ford, Robert A; Calvert, Lisa D Subject: Upset about announcement--PLEASE READ Mr. Ford/Ms. Calvert: I have been a member of the Purdue President's Council and the R.B. Steward Society since 2009 when I set up a Purdue scholarship fund as the main beneficiary of my estate. I am writing to tell you that, sadly, I am seriously considering changing my will. If I do, I will search for another college or university which still values academics above politics...as well as helping deserving students. Academics don't seem to be even mentioned in the articles I have read as to why Mr. Daniels was chosen as the next Purdue president. After Daniels cut the budget for Purdue, forcing higher tuition, he is appointed as president of Purdue by a board of trustees (eight of whom were appointed by Daniels). This seems completely incredible to me. Daniels has spent his governorship on very divisive social issues as well. Apparently, there is no escape from politics and its corrupting influences, even at an institution which is supposed to be dedicated to education and academic training. I realize that raising money is very important, but the main focus of a research university should be academics and improving society through education. It seems Purdue no longer has the values and goals it once had as a public Land Grant university. This is very very sad and disappointing. From reading several articles, I see that I am not alone in being very upset this appointment. Daniels does not have any experience in academics--most of the professors and students are upset as well. My scholarship was intended to help deserving students who otherwise could not afford college. Scholarships made it possible for me to attend Purdue, and I have benefited from that incredible education every day of my life. I would very much like to hear from you concerning this appointment. Also, please register my concerns with the Daniels-appointed board of trustees as well. Feel free to forward this email to the trustees and anyone else who might be interested or concerned. Sincerely, Susan R. Armstrong BS, 1963, Chemistry MS, 1965, Molecular Biology 4014 Hazel Street White Bear Lake, MN 55110

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