updated: 9/5/2012 7:53:31 AM
Governor Mitch Daniels says he had "no part" in the decision to renovate the Purdue University president's office. In a statement, Daniels added if he had been asked to authorize the upgrades to his future office in Hovde Hall, he would have turned down the request.
September 4, 2012
Statement From Governor's Office
A number of media outlets have published a story about renovations occurring in Hovde Hall, which houses the presidentís office at Purdue University. Governor Daniels issued this statement about the work:
"It is important to me that friends of Purdue and all citizens of Indiana know the following with regard to the renovation of the Purdue University president's office: I knew nothing about it and was no part of the decision to perform this work. If I had been asked in advance, I would have requested that the work not be done. The renovation had nothing to do with my becoming president, but was part of a longstanding plan to renovate parts of Hovde Hall after many decades.
"I have asked that any work not already complete be canceled. Nothing about my service in business or public life suggests that I would initiate or condone a dollar of excessive or unnecessary spending on my account."
Source: The Office of The Governor