Shortened Bio for Introductions

Jo Ann Gora is in her 10th year as Ball State president. She has led the development and implementation of the university’s Education Redefined strategic plan, and its successful capital campaign, Ball State Bold, which supported the strategic plan's implementation and surpassed its $200 million goal by more than $10 million. She also led the development of Ball State’s new strategic plan, Education Redefined 2.0: Advancing Indiana, passed by the Board of Trustees in December.

The cornerstone of each plan is making immersive learning opportunities available to every Ball State undergraduate. From 2007 to 2013, more than 20,800 students completed more than 1,250 immersive learning projects, impacting citizens in every Indiana county. Those students came from all seven colleges and were mentored by faculty from every academic department on campus.

Since 2004, Ball State has been in the midst of an unprecedented era of campus improvement, spending more than $520 million on major construction and renovation projects. It has attracted international media coverage for its geothermal energy project, the largest of its kind in the country.

President Gora was one of 12 charter signatories to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment in 2006 and three years later, earned the Mira Trailblazer Award from TechPoint for her significant and lasting contributions to technology innovation in Indiana. She is a member of the Association of Governing Boards’ Council of Presidents and the American Council on Education’s Board of Directors. She is immediate past chair of the Mid-American Conference Presidents’ Council and immediate past co-chair of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership.