Ball State appoints new school president

Paul W. Ferguson, Ball State's 15th president (Provided Photo)

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP/WISH) — Ball State University’s Board of Trustees made its pick for a new school president on Thursday.

The board held a special meeting on the Muncie campus to vote on the appointment. Trustees have appointed Paul W. Ferguson to become Ball State’s 15th president.

Ferguson will replace Jo Ann Gora, who is retiring in June after 10 years leading the 18,000-student university.

Ferguson described Ball State as a perfect fit. He currently serves as the president of the University of Maine.

Urban planning professor Eric Kelly tells The Star Press that Gora’s been terrific at raising money for Ball State.

Ball State has seen state funding for its operating budget drop from 65 percent 25 years ago to its current 40 percent. That follows national trends of declining state funding for higher education. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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