Ball State University has a strong tradition of leadership, exemplified by its administrators. The presidents of the institution have been instrumental in a number of projects, including building the campus, transitioning from a teachers college to a university, and developing strong academic programs.

  1. William Wood Parsons, 1918-1921 
  2. Linnaeus Neal Hines, 1921-1924 
  3. Benjamin Jackson Burris, 1924-1927 
  4. Lemuel Arthur Pittenger, 1927-1942 
  5. Winfred Ethestal Wagoner, 1943-1945 
  6. John Richard Emens, 1945-1968 
  7. John J. Pruis, 1968-1978 
  8. Richard W. Burkhardt, 1978-1979 
  9. Jerry Anderson, 1979-1981 
  10. Robert P. Bell, 1981-1984 
  11. John E. Worthen, 1984-2000 
  12. Blaine A. Brownell, 2000-2004 
  13. Beverly J. Pitts, 2004 
  14. Jo Ann M. Gora, 2004-2014
  15. Paul W. Ferguson, 2014-Present

Find out more about the presidents for Ball State's predecessor institutions.