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Gov. Mitch Daniels will be named Purdue University’s 12th president, according to the Indianapolis Business Journal Tuesday.

Citing a source familiar with outgoing president France Cordova, IBJ stated that Daniels is the only candidate that will be voted on by Purdue University’s Board of Trustees during a meeting scheduled for Thursday morning.

Purdue has confirmed that the trustees will be voting Thursday to select a new president for the school, according to The Associated Press.

The Purdue trustees are scheduled to meet on the West Lafayette campus to vote on the candidate picked by a search committee and introduce that person.

The new president will replace Cordova, who is stepping down next month after leading the school for five years.

Purdue spokesman Chris Sigurdson declined Tuesday to discuss any possible candidates for the position, according to AP reports.

Daniels is expected to finish out his second term as governor of Indiana before beginning his new role as Purdue president, IBJ stated in its story.

He had been a rumored candidate for the position since Cordova announced last July that she would be stepping down.

The university has about 75,000 students at its West Lafayette and regional campuses.

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