Paul Ferguson to become Ball State’s 15th president

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MUNCIE, Ind. (May 22, 2014)— Ball State University has appointed a new president Thursday.

After a five-month search, Paul Ferguson was unanimously approved by the Board of Trustees to become the university’s 15th president in front of an audience of students, alumni and faculty.

“So much has been accomplished in the past 10 years,” said Board Chair Rick Hall, “and our current president, Jo Ann Gora, has set the bar high. The trustees believe we have found the right person to carry Ball State forward. Paul Ferguson is an experienced academic leader and scholar who is deeply committed to the mission of delivering a distinctive, high quality educational experience at a public research university.”

Ferguson described Ball State as a perfect fit, stating “Ball State has a clear and defining mission as a highly student-centered and community-engaged university. The challenges of providing an innovative and relevant education within a context of sound fiscal management have never been greater, nor has the importance of doing so successfully. Ball State has proven this is possible, and I am excited to have the opportunity to build on that success.”

Ferguson currently serves as the president of the University of Maine. Before that, Ferguson served as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Southern Illinois University.

He will begin his duties on Aug. 1.