Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels responded to questions in a forum attended by 300 AU students and faculty in Reardon lobby today.
Students and faculty members presented Daniels with concerns and questions relating to immigration, unemployment, property taxes, education, poverty and homelessness, health care, veteran care, child protective services and more.
AU President James Edwards began by welcoming Daniels. "We are honored and pleased to have him on our campus," Edwards said. This is not Daniels' first visit to AU. He holds an honorary doctorate from AU and spoke at AU Commencement in 1996.
Junior Lindsey Emmick said, "I think it attests to his character to come to a private college and host an open forum. A lot of questions had major interests and issues in them, and he was sincere in trying to answer them."
Daniels expressed that he felt it was important to visit college campuses and discuss such issues with students. "Building a more promising Indiana is our reason for being in government in the first place," he said. "And what is in the thoughts and minds of young people is important in that."
Senior Benjamin Titter said, "I think he has done a lot of good for this state. It seems he cares, not about his job, but for the people. He went into his job to help people. I thought he handled himself well in the face of tough questions."
"It was exciting to have him come and share his time and be involved in an open forum," said senior Nick Pease. "I hope he has the state of Indian moving forward and makes good on what he talked about today."
Junior Carl Stagner said, "I was pleasantly surprised to see so many students in attendance. I think it shows that many students are genuinely concerned in what's taking place in the community around them."
Mitchell E. Daniels Jr. is the 49th Governor of the State of Indiana. He was elected on November 2, 2004, and sworn into office on January 10, 2005.
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Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.