Purdue announces next provost

Debasish "Deba" Dutta was named Purdue University's new provost Thursday, May 8, 2014. (Photo Provided/Purdue University)
Debasish "Deba" Dutta was named Purdue University's new provost Thursday, May 8, 2014. (Photo Provided/Purdue University)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Purdue President Mitch Daniels announced the university’s next provost as Debasish “Deba” Dutta on Thursday.

Dutta succeeds Tim Sands, who will leave Purdue to become president of Virginia Tech University. Dutta’s position goes into effect on July 1, 2014.

“Purdue is among the top higher education institutions in the world, and I can’t think of a better place to serve as provost,” Dutta told News 18 in a release.

Dutta joins Purdue from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where currently he is associate provost and dean of the graduate college.

Daniels said, in a release to News 18, the search committee did a terrific job and produced three fully qualified candidates for provost position.

“Purdue University would have been well served by any of them,” said Daniels. “However, both the committee and the input from other faculty and staff showed a decided preference for Dr. Deba Dutta, and that was the decisive factor in my selection.”

Daniels continued on to thank all the candidates, the committee and the Purdue family.

“We look forward to welcoming this outstanding scholar and leader to the Purdue community,” Daniels said in regards to Dutta.

But according to Dutta, he is just as excited to work at Purdue and with President Daniels. He said the opportunity to work with world-class faculty and researchers, and particularly to work with President Daniels, was one he could not resist.

“Purdue has an extraordinary past and an even brighter future, and I look forward to being a partner in its progress.”

As provost, according to the university, Dutta will be responsible for all of Purdue’s colleges and schools and related academic activities in coordination with the Office of the President. The provost also oversees libraries, cultural centers and enrollment management, including admissions, registrar, and financial aid and various student success programs in addition to the appointment and retention of faculty and academic staff.

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