Kokomo, Ind.– Chancellor Michael Harris met Gov. Mitch Daniels Wednesday to discuss the importance of Indiana University, the regional campuses, and especially IU Kokomo's role in ensuring economic growth.
"The regional campuses have probably never been so important, with so many people seeking to find a new place in the economy, and (who) seek a new education and training to get there," said Gov. Daniels. "I'm tremendously excited that Chancellor Harris could come here. I think he is going to bring great leadership and also a new dimension to Indiana higher education in general."
Chancellor Harris emphasized IU's commitment, under President Michael McRobbie's leadership, to serve the educational needs of Indiana during this time of economic transformation.
"We at IU Kokomo are going to work in a collaborative manner with government, nonprofit, and business leaders. Our goal is to bring a sense of relying on education to provide a mindset focused on innovation, entrepreneurship, knowledge, skills and citizenship," Harris said.
Gov. Daniels agreed with Harris that higher education is essential for the well-being of the state.
"We're working very hard to make certain our system operates rationally so that we now have a place for every kind of student. Now the goal is to make sure the students, as often as possible, find that right place," Daniels said. "I know in many cases it will be at IU Kokomo."
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.
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