Ball State University Board of Trustees announce Geoffrey Mearns as 17th president

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MUNCIE, Ind. (WISH) – Ball State University announced Geoffrey Mearns from Northern Kentucky University as the next president of Ball State University.

The Board of Trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to select Mearns as the university’s new leader. Mearns has been Northern Kentucky University’s president since 2012.

Mearns previously was at Cleveland State University, where he was first law school dean and then provost. Mearns says he’ll start at Ball State no later than August and that a transition date will be worked out with Northern Kentucky.

In a letter to alumni, Ball State Board of Trustees Chair Rick Hall praised the past work of Mearns as well as his vision for leading the university into the future.

Our incoming president exhibits strong alignment to the primary opportunities and expectations established for Ball State’s new leader, including developing a new strategic plan that defines and articulates a long-term vision for the university. He will define and communicate a more distinctive identity for the institution and will serve as Ball State’s champion in outreach and advocacy.

Mearns will replace former President Paul Ferguson, who resigned without explanation in January of last year after leading the school for 17 months.

Terry King has been acting as interim president.

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