Blaine Brownell began his tenure as Ball State’s 12th president on July 1, 2000, with the inauguration scheduled for December 1, 2000. Prior to accepting this position, he was Executive Director of the Center for International Programs and Services and Professor of History at the University of Memphis. He served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of North Texas from 1990 to 1998, held several academic positions at the University of Alabama-Birmingham from 1976 to 1990, and began his academic career at Purdue University from 1969-74. In addition to his title as Ball State president, Brownell holds the rank of Professor of History and Urban Planning. He is a recognized authority in urban history and the history of the American south, and has authored or co-authored 7 books and 22 articles or book chapters.