Purdue University President to Step Down Next Summer

France A. Córdova, president of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, announced that she will step down as president at the end of the 2011-12 academic year. Dr. Córdova became president of Purdue on July 16, 2007. Previously, she was chancellor and distinguished professor of physics and astronomy at the University of California at Riverside.  A former NASA scientist, she also taught at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

The oldest of 12 children, Córdova is a graduate of Stanford University.  She earned a Ph.D. in physics at the California Institute of Technology. In 2008, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels praised Córdova’s tenure at Purdue by stating, “President Córdova has done just those things Purdue and all of Indiana hoped she would: raised the standards, reputation and research profile of the university.”

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