Withdraw Governor Mitch Daniels' Bid For Purdue President
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Withdraw Governor Mitch Daniels' Bid For Purdue President

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Please sign this petition because of the shocking ethical violations regarding Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, Purdue Board of Trustees, and the Purdue Presidential Search Committee.

Recent signatures


    1. Lawmaker Calls For Ethics Probe Into Daniels’ Purdue Move

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      Ethical questions are again hanging over Gov. Mitch Daniels and his impending job as president of Purdue University.

      A Democratic state representative sent a letter to David Thomas, Indiana’s inspector general, asking him to look into three issues tied to how Daniels has approached the job at Purdue while still governor.



    2. TOP SECRET - Purdue Has ‘No Records’ on Daniels' Hiring

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      Purdue’s public records officer formally turned down The Indianapolis Star’s request for all pertinent records, which we made under Indiana’s open-records law.

      In its letter (see below), Purdue first said “no records were found” and that it has “no records to forward.” Apparently, the trustees and search committee exchanged absolutely no letters, emails, text messages, phone messages, calendars or reports with Daniels between June 1, 2011 and July 5, 2012. On any subject.

      In the next sentence, the university said it was allowed to withhold “certain information contained in the files of public employees and applications for public employment.”

      End of story? Stay tuned.


    3. Will The State Enact a ‘Daniels Rule’?

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      Why Do Ethics and Conflict of Interest Really Matter?

      Read About The Serious Questions Being Raised About This Very Dangerous Legal Precedent.....

    4. Why We Reject Daniels as Purdue's President

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      Read this thoughtful explanation...

    5. IN Governor Mitch Daniels To Purdue : "Laws Are Only For Little People"

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      Brian Howey: Mitch to Purdue Raising Serious Questions

      What we’ve learned in the week after the Purdue University trustees approved him as university president is that the internal discussions involving Daniels coming to West Lafayette have been percolating for more than a year, which, coincidentally, corresponds with the end of his White House dreams.

      I began hearing the Daniels/Purdue rumor early last winter. When it unfolded two weeks ago, the initial thought was that this is a bold stroke for Purdue....

      But this script is now prompting some nagging concerns for a governor who has railed against “conflict of interest” in municipal governments as well as nepotism.

    6. Purdue Campus Rally Scheduled For September

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      Society for an Open, Accountable Purdue (S.O.A.P.) is actively planning for the Fall Purdue Campus Rally in September after students, faculty, and staff return to campus from summer break.

      Check Facebook and Twitter for updates:

      Facebook: "Society for an Open, Accountable Purdue" (S.O.A.P.)
      Twitter: @SOAPurdue and @RockTheCollege
      E-Mail: SOAP@soapurdue.org

    7. Who Will Govern The Governors?

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      "Who will govern the governors? There is only one force in the nation that can be depended upon to keep the government pure and the governors honest, and that is the people themselves. They alone, if well informed, are capable of preventing the corruption of power, and of restoring the nation to its rightful course if it should go astray. They alone are the safest depository of the ultimate powers of government"

      "When the people fear their government, there is Tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is Liberty."

      -- Thomas Jefferson

    8. Why Does Purdue Reject A Politican Appointing Himself President?

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      No matter what our political or religious persuasions in the skeptical community, we all hold to some basic ground rules of skepticism. We all agree that critical thinking and questioning authority is a good thing, that humans are easily misled into all sorts of errors of logic, and that it’s easy for any of us to be fooled....

      In emphasizing critical thinking, we are fully aware that there are powerful organizations (especially religious and some political organizations) that don’t want us to think critically, don’t want us to ask questions, don’t want us to challenge their authority...

      We can imagine powerful politicians and their people chatting among themselves privately that those damned skeptics keep messing things up, and we have to stop their interference.

      But you’d never expect these people to come right out and say that they don’t like critical thinking.


      They actually articulated this in a official political platform...

    9. Conflicts, Commitments, and Cliques in the University

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      Michael Bastedo, Ph.D.

      "A few years ago, I concluded a study of 59 public university presidents that analyzed their descriptions of trustee decision making on their campuses, particularly focusing on justifications for moral and ethical breaches. Corruption among trustees ruins trust not only within a campus, but over time between higher education and the broader society as well."



      Terry Curry Marion County Prosecutor's Good Government Hotline:

      Joseph H. Hogsett U.S. Attorney Public Corruption Hotline

      Lessons Learned from U-Va. Board of Visitors
      Sarcastic Fan Mail (video)

    10. In The Academic World, Conflict of Interest Is Quite Strict

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      Purdue University trustees who elected Gov. Mitch Daniels as the school's next president contributed more than $27,000 to Daniels' two campaigns for governor or a political action committee supporting him, state campaign finance records show.

      The donations were made by six of the 10 trustees or their companies and included more than $14,000 donated by members of the search committee established to identify finalists to succeed President France Cordova, the Journal & Courier reported.

      The donations have helped fuel questions about whether Purdue's trustees, eight of whom were appointed by Daniels, made an objective decision to hire him as the university's next president once he leaves office in January.

      Purdue Ethics Policy - Political Activities

      Indiana Government Ethics Code -
      Gifts, Donor Restrictions, Honoraria, Political Activity, Moonlighting, Conflicts of Interest

    11. Reached 1,000 signatures
    12. Celebrate the 4th of July By Joining The Revolution!

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      Today is the day we celebrate our freedom to vote for our leaders, instead of them appointing themselves King.

      Today is a day we celebrate our freedom of speech.

      Today is a day we celebrate our freedom of the press.

      Today is a day we celebrate our freedom to question authority and petition our government.

      Today is a day we celebrate our three equally powerful branches of government that keep us from dictatorship and tyranny *.

      Today is the day we join the revolution to overthrow blatant abuse of power!

      Sign this petition and send it far and wide to build the revolution and fight the good fight..and WIN

      *The three branches of government are executive, legislative, and judicial for those of you who sleep in class.

      "Society for an Open, Accountable Purdue" (S.O.A.P.)
      "Purdue Community Against Mitch Daniels for President of Purdue"
      "Public Protest Against Mitch Daniels as Purdue President"

      @SOAPurdue (S.O.A.P.)


    13. Crisis With Indiana's Open Door Laws

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      Indiana law could not be more clear: With limited exceptions, government meetings and records are to be open to the public.

      After seeing proof that too many local officials broke that law, Gov. Frank O’Bannon created the office of public access counselor, wanting to make sure state and local agencies were abiding by public access laws in fact and in spirit.

      Still, the counselor’s recent formal opinion regarding Purdue University’s super-secret search for a new president sure seemed to be pro-government and anti-public access.

      Joe Hoage
      Indiana Public Access Counselor

      A birthday worth celebrating: FOIA turns 46

    14. Former Purdue dean drives over 500 miles to 'speak out'

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      A former dean of education drove 550 miles to explain why she retracted her $1 million bequest in response to the appointment of Gov. Mitch Daniels as Purdue’s 12th president.

    15. Public Protest Against Gov. Daniels as Purdue President Was A Huge Success!

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      What a great start!

      Approximately 150 people attended the all day protest at the Purdue University Memorial Mall, boosted by Colleen Winters YouTube invitation.

      Event hosts Aaron Hoover, Julia Thompson and the many volunteers did a great job networking, organizing, and spreading the word to the media, resulting in several newspaper articles, radio & TV reports.

      Michael Lopez has collected 83+ signatures for a Open Letter To The Board of Trustee at the event in addition to the 885+ online petition signatures demanding that the Purdue Board of Trustee and Governor Mitch Daniels withdraw his Purdue Presidential bid.

      The next protest will take place in the Fall, when students, faculty, & staff return from summer break.

      Watch the Change.org "Petition Updates Section" for details.




    16. Daniels to receive large raise as Purdue president

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      Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels will receive a big pay raise when he leaves office in January and takes over as president of Purdue University, possibly earning more than five times as much salary.

      The comments on this article are interesting...

      One of my favorite comments is titled "Who Works For Who Here?" says;

      "So let me get this straight. The Board of trustees boss is hired to work for them with unlimited employment terms and compensation? How do I get this job?"

    17. Indiana Ethics Enforcement Agencies Get Failing Grade

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      A National Organization That Rates States Ethics and Integrity Has Just Downgraded Indiana to "F".

      The State Integrity Investigation, which keeps Government honest, is a project sponsored by The Center For Public Integrity, Global Integrity, and PRI Public Radio International.

      Email the Report Card to the Governor, Indiana Inspector General, Ethics Commission Members, Purdue Trustees & Your Legislators Demanding Better!

    18. Faculty, Students and Alumni Protest University Board....and WIN!

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      University of Virginia board reinstates president after a firestorm of protest by faculty, students and alumni over her ouster.

    19. Déjà Vu

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      Governor Withdraws University President Bid Amid Outrage Over Conflict of Interest

      Maryland Governor dropped his bid for the chancellorship amid mounting criticism for seeking a job that would be filled by regents he had appointed.

    20. BREAKING NEWS: Purdue Does NOT Have A Signed MOU With Governor Daniels

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      Contrary to popular belief, Purdue University does not have ANY agreement with Governor Daniels.

      Purdue Board of Trustee Chairman Keith Krach has NOT signed the Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with Governor Mitch Daniels.

    21. The Investigative Hotlines Are Now Open

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      Today it was announced that Gov. Mitch Daniels and the Indiana Inspector General are having some quiet time together to come up with some lame excuses to dismiss as irrelevant, his own ethics rules, Purdue's conflict of interest bylaws, and all those other pesky State and Federal laws he wants to ignore.

      Perhaps you whistle blowers, investigative reporters, prosecutors, lawyers, and ethics/corporate governance professors would like to set him straight on his error.


      David Thomas
      Indiana Inspector Generals Investigative Hotline

      Terry Curry Marion County Prosecutor's Good Government Hotline:

      Joseph H. Hogsett U.S. Attorney Public Corruption Hotline

      "Purdue Community against Mitch Daniels for President of Purdue" is now building a legal team.
      Contact us: Facebook,Twitter @SOAPurdue or protestdaniels@hotmail.com

    22. Students plan protest against Daniels

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      “I propose that the Trustees’ decision be taken to a vote of no confidence by the Purdue Faculty Senate. I would also like a new board, chosen by the senate and by the student council, to decide among the other candidates narrowed down by the search, so that time would not have to be wasted looking for new candidates,” Winters said.

    23. Show Your Support For The Revolt

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      Fly Your Purdue Flag Upside Down

    24. Reached 750 signatures
    25. Letter to the Editor

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      Alumnus writes Daniels is not what Purdue needs right now in a president

      I am a Purdue alumnus, a semi-retired research cancer scientist/research doctor. I served on active duty as a commissioned officer during the Vietnam War. I continued my education at the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Johns Hopkins Oncology Center in Baltimore, and in Medical Oncology, Duke University Comprehensive Cancer Center in Durham, NC. I have extensive teaching and research experience. Like you, I also have experience in the pharmaceutical industry as a Clinical Oncology Project Leader at Burroughs Wellcome Co., and then GlaxoSmithKline.

      Please do not accept the position of President, Purdue University. You can better serve our country as a Cabinet Member in the next Presidential Administration. The next Purdue University President in our current economic environment must have the skills and expertise to.........


    Reasons for signing

    • Justin Cunningham GRIFFITH, IN
      • almost 2 years ago

      Our education is perfect how it is now, If he changes all this, it would be difficult to most Purdue students.

    • Allen Bild CRETE, IL
      • almost 2 years ago

      I graduated from Purdue Cal and continue my association with PCU as an alumni. As a teacher in Indiana, it is my school school of choice to recommend to my graduating seniors. PCU is the crown jewel of higher education in NWI and the southern Chicago region. Build it, promote it, and nuture it; don't even consider closing it!!!!

    • Lea Bell CROWN POINT, IN
      • almost 2 years ago

      As a resident of NWI and graduate of Purdue Calumet, I find it horrifying that the President of ANY insitution of higher learning would suggest closing any productive campus. The notion that the schools aren't productive because many students don't graduate within 6 years just shows Daniels is locked into his own archaic thinking. The campuses are commuter campuses with many students who are only able to take one class per semester while working and taking care of families. The idea that these students who are paying their own way should be denied the opportunity because their lives don't fit into Daniels' cookie cutter perception of learning is offensive.

    • Tom Jones CENTERVILLE, MA
      • almost 2 years ago

      What is Gov Daniels experience in running a major university? Does he have the support of the academic community of scholars on both the local and national level to effectively run Purdue University. Was a national search held for this position and is this the most qualified candidate for a major university or is this a political reward provided to him by the Board. Something doesn't appear to be very transparent in this nomination process.

    • Hannah Coronado MUNSTER, IN
      • almost 2 years ago

      Mitch Daniels is the epitome of unethical anti-education policies here in Indiana. As a teacher graduated from Purdue, I am disgusted by the University's decision to appoint Daniels as the next president. How can you justify this "quid pro quo" decision by a Daniels-appointed board? During his term, he encouraged policy-making that has had permanently damaging repercussions in the world of public education. I am living with them every day, and unless the world of higher education stands up for the lower feeder levels, the negative effects will be knocking on university doors very shortly. Purdue is an outstanding university, and I am disappointed that some very basic, fundamental principles are being ignored. My donations are stopping until Purdue regains its common sense, and I am encouraging all alumni to do the same. Stand up for education, Purdue. Do not stand idly by. And CERTAINLY don't hire one of the guys playing for the opposition.


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