Mitch Daniels, former governor of Indiana and now president of Purdue University, sought to eliminate the use of Howard Zinn’s books in the state’s classrooms.
Former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels pledged to promote academic freedom when he became president of Purdue University in January, but newly released emails show he attempted to eliminate what he considered liberal “propaganda” at Indiana’s public universities while governor.
Emails obtained by The Associated Press through a Freedom of Information Act request show Daniels requested that historian and anti-war activist Howard Zinn’s writings be banned from classrooms and asked for a “cleanup” of college courses. In another exchange, the Republican talks about cutting funding for a program run by a local university professor who was one of his sharpest critics. . .
The emails are raising eyebrows about Daniels’ appointment as president of a major research university just months after critics questioned his lack of academic credentials and his hiring by a board of trustees he appointed.
Only in America can someone without the appropriate academic credentials, who launched a witch hunt against ideas of which he disapproved, become the president of a major university entrusted with protecting academic freedom.