Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

May 8, 2014

Purdue picks Illinois dean as school's new provost


The Associated Press

West Lafayette — The dean of the graduate college at the University of Illinois has been selected to become Purdue University's new provost.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels announced Thursday that Debasish "Deba" Dutta will take over as the university's next provost on July 1. He replaces Tim Sands as Purdue's top academic administrator.

Sands was picked in December to become president at Virginia Tech University.

In addition to his duties as associate provost and dean at Illinois, Dutta holds a named professorship in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering. He also is a scholar-in-residence at the National Academy of Engineering, where he is leading a national study about education for innovation.