Presidents of Ball State's Predecessors
Prior to the establishment of the Eastern Division of Indiana State Normal College (now Ball State University) in 1918, four attempts were made at creating an institution of higher learning in Muncie. All of them failed.
However, these early attempts at bringing higher education to the east central part of Indiana laid important groundwork for Ball State's eventual success. All of these schools were housed in what is now the university's Administration Building, dedicated in August 1899.
Four men served as presidents of these institutions:
Information about some of Ball State's past presidents was supplied by Ball State's Archives and Special Collections, located in Bracken Library.
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