Former Dean Black Dies

J.B. Black Jr., dean of Miller College of Business from 1973 to 1984, died June 23, 2011, in Muncie, Indiana. He was 87.

  1984 retirement party
Black grew up in Bloomington, Indiana, served in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean War, and earned a doctorate in business administration from Indiana University before embarking on his professional career.

He taught at IU and at Miami University before serving as economic advisor to the government of El Salvador. He was dean of the College of Business at Wright State University and president of Kemper Military School and College before coming to Ball State in 1973.

  1984 retirement party
“I was inspired by his selfless commitment to the students, his clarity of thinking, and his lifelong striving to create an exceptional business school,” says Rajib Sanyal, current Miller College dean. “Although he is now gone, the success of the college will always be associated with his leadership.”


  1973 reception in Black's honor
Black was dean when Miller College achieved national accreditation from AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate  Schools of Business) and during the years Whitinger Business Building was constructed. Upon his retirement as dean, he served as dean emeritus and professor emeritus of finance. Black was a member of many service clubs and held leadership positions in a number of Muncie-area civic organizations.