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Report: Purdue set to vote on Mitch Daniels for university president

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FILE: May 1, 2012: Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels takes part in a panel discussion at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Reuters)

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is a finalist for the job of Purdue University president, with a decision expected this week, according to published news reports.

The school’s board of trustees is scheduled to vote Thursday on one particular candidate, Daniels, reports WISH-TV in West Lafayette, Ind.

The governor’s office declined Tuesday to comment. However, the TV station said based on sources connected to the school and Daniels, “it's a done deal.”

Daniels -- a Republican who is serving out the final months of his second, four-year term -- has been mentioned as a vice presidential candidate for Mitt Romney.

Daniels has already been president of the Hudson Institute and vice president of Eli Lilly and Co. He also served as a Reagan administration political director and Bush administration budget chief.

The 63-year-old Daniels is likely to complete his term as governor, while Purdue appoints an interim president, reports WISH-TV.