In the corrupt wasteland of higher education, Mitch Daniels, former Governor of Indiana and now President of Purdue University, has long stood out as a beacon of common sense. His leadership was tested when a Chinese student at Purdue spoke out in favor of freedom. In China, and sadly in today’s academic world, that is a dangerous thing to do.
President Daniels tells the story in his letter to Purdue students, staff and faculty (“President Daniels responds to Chinese student’s harassment”):
“…will need to pursue their education elsewhere.” If every college and university president backed free speech so forthrightly, our world–our academic world, anyway–would be a very different place.