President and CEO of Ball State University Foundation
Ball State alumna Cherí E. O’Neill is president and CEO of the Ball State University Foundation. In that capacity, she leads a team of approximately 65 professionals in a nonprofit organization whose sole mission is to support Ball State University through development, alumni engagement and stewardship of donor dollars.
Working with the university's president, the Ball State Board of Trustees, the foundation board and the alumni association council, Ms. O’Neill helped create a unified advancement enterprise within the foundation that is designed to better serve the university, alumni, donors and friends of Ball State. Instead of the silos found at many universities, this research-based, entrepreneurial approach is designed to drive meaningful engagement, create a culture of philanthropy, increase support to Ball State and provide even more effective stewardship of assets.
For 17 years, Ms. O’Neill served Indiana University, the IU Kelley School of Business and the IU College of Arts and Sciences in various capacities including associate director of admissions for the university, associate director for the Kelley School’s undergraduate program, director of its alumni engagement, its director of development, and its director of major gifts.
After departing IU, Ms. O’Neill was named CEO of Alpha Chi Omega’s three corporations: The Alpha Chi Omega Fraternity, the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation and the Alpha Chi Omega National Housing Corporation.
Ms. O’Neill has served on many nonprofit organization boards, including the Muncie Chamber of Commerce, Main Street Pendleton, Central Indiana Land Trust, Indiana Society of Association Executives, Indianapolis Humane Society, Tulip Trace Girl Scouts of America, Pets Alive and more.
Ms. O’Neill is a central Indiana native and the first in her family to attend college. She also has completed graduate work at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.