Purdue president Mitch Daniels speaks during a Purdue University Board of Trustees meeting, Friday, April 9, 2021 in West Lafayette. Staff photo by Nikos Frazier
Purdue president Mitch Daniels speaks during a Purdue University Board of Trustees meeting, Friday, April 9, 2021 in West Lafayette. Staff photo by Nikos Frazier
WEST LAFAYETTE – Purdue Trustees adopted five of "Purdue's Next Moves" Friday, ways for the university to continue forward as part of its five-year, $260 million strategic investment.

Those five next moves, which came with accompanying presentations Friday, include: Plant Sciences 2.0, National Security and Technology, Purdue Applied Research, Transformative Education 2.0 and the Purdue Equity Task Force, which has had several presentations and updates in previous Trustee meetings.

“We believe we've been thoughtful about this, we believe we've been strategic,” Purdue President Mitch Daniels said. "There are so many possibilities that could have made this list, but again we wanted to excel, and that requires concentrating resources, management, attention and all our assets, all those things will make the most difference in advancing our missions."

The original “Purdue Moves” was launched in 2013 and served as the university’s strategic plan with five pillars – affordability and accessibility, world-changing research, STEM leadership, transformative education and online education.

Roughly 70% of the $260 million cost will be funded by Purdue. The investments will be leveraged by outside funding, including a $5 million Lilly Endowment grant to help with Transformative Education 2.0, Chris Ruhl, Purdue’s chief financial officer said. In total, Purdue will give around $182 million and the additional $78 million will come from external sources.
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