Topic: Administrative

September 5, 2008

Ball State launched an ambitious capital campaign with the goal of raising $200 million — more than twice the amount of any campaign goal in the university's history.

The campaign, Ball State Bold: Investing in the Future, is based on the university's solid strategic plan. The plan effectively distinguishes Ball State as a university on the move, a thriving center of creative thinking and intellectual exploration, says Oz Nelson, Ball State alumnus and National Campaign Committee chairman.

"I firmly believe that Ball State's future looks bright, and what convinces me of that is the Education Redefined strategic plan," said Nelson, the retired chairman and CEO of UPS. "As someone who has seen many, many strategic plans over my lifetime, I can assure you that this one is a top-notch blueprint for the future of this university, a clear vision for what Ball State will be five years, even 10 years from now."

So far, $122,825,281 has been raised, and university officials will look to raise the remaining amount prior to the campaign's conclusion in 2011. The contributions will allow Ball State to capitalize on its strengths and further its growing national reputation, said Ball State President Jo Ann M. Gora.

"Our aims are high, and therefore, our needs are great," she said. "Our goals are to recruit the finest students, provide the highest quality learning experiences, create the most vibrant campus life and the strongest community partnerships possible. I firmly believe that pursuing anything less would be unacceptable to everyone Ball State serves."

Contributions to the campaign will be broken down in the following categories:

  • $40 million will be invested in the intellectually curious, funding 200 new scholarships.
  • $40 million will go toward transformative educational experiences, creating 100 more immersive learning experiences.
  • $46.5 million will help Ball State build its national recognition by funding more endowed chairs and professorships, faculty fellows, the university's centers of excellence, emerging media initiatives and more.
  • $41.8 million will go toward building a more vibrant campus, supporting the Student Recreation and Wellness Facility, expansion of the Museum of Art, the Honors College House and more.
  • $31.7 million for university enhancements such as the Ball State Fund and other designated funds.

The Glick Fund

As part of the campaign kickoff, the university announced a gift from The Glick Fund, a Fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation. The $5 million lead gift will establish the Glick Center for Glass and will enable the university to develop a bachelor of fine arts specialty and a master of fine arts degree in glass that will be unique to Indiana. The gift will also support a new center for hot glass instruction, a visiting artist program, and community and children's outreach opportunities. A biannual competitive exhibit of art glass will attract artists from across the nation. The center will bring national recognition to the College of Fine Arts and to Ball State for excellence in glass work.
"The Glick Fund has demonstrated a long-held dedication to education and the arts over many years. Their generosity will have a lasting impact on our students and the arts in communities across Indiana," Gora said. "This gift will propel Ball State into a leadership position in glass work and will offer great opportunities for our students. We are deeply grateful for the Glick Fund's generosity."
The Glick Fund is a donor-advised fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation. It was established by Gene and Marilyn Glick to support a variety of causes, including organizations and programs benefiting the arts, cultural and civic causes, health care and medical research, as well as numerous other community groups and organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life of the central Indiana community.

Large Gifts

Along with the Glick gift, Ball State has also received 22 gifts of $1 million or more, supporting specific goals for the capital campaign. Those investing in transformative experiences include the George and Frances Ball Foundation with a gift of $10.5 million to support immersive learning and scholarships in the Honors College; Phyllis and Hamer Shafer with a gift of $1 million for immersive learning; and the Ed and Virginia Ball Foundation with gifts of $1.5 million to support the Honors College House and immersive learning.

Investments in the intellectually curious to support scholarships included three estate gifts: $1.5 million from the estate of Wally Miller, $1 million from the estate of Michael Johnston and $1 million from the estate of Gilbert Peart.

Among those investing in national recognition are David Owsley, who made a $5 million challenge gift for enhancing the Museum of Art; Richard and Dorothy Burkhardt, who also gave $1 million in support of the Museum of Art; Mikel Harry contributed $1.4 million to support Ball State's center of excellence in Six Sigma; an estate gift from Robert Hoffer for $1.8 million in support of endowed chairs in the Miller College of Business; and Ron and Suzanna Plassman, whose gift will also support endowed chairs.

Among the donors investing in a vibrant campus are John and June Scheumann, who gave $4 million to the renovation of Ball State's football stadium; Paul and Patricia Kozel, who donated $1.2 million for the media center at the stadium; and Erwin and Barbara Mueller, who contributed $1 million to support music scholarships on campus.

Those investing in university enhancements include Frank and Linda Hancock, whose $1 million gift supports improved university communications and other university enhancements.

Several other gifts of $1 million or more have been received, including gifts from Oz Nelson, Randy Pond, and the Ball Brothers Foundation for support of Scheumann Stadium, the Bowen Center for Public Affairs and campus wellness initiatives.

The Big Game

The launch of the campaign will culminate at the Ball State vs. Navy football game at 7 p.m. at Scheumann Stadium. A sellout crowd is anticipated, and all students will receive free Ball State Bold T-shirts to wear for the big game.

The game will be broadcast on ESPN, marking the first Ball State home football game ever televised nationally by ESPN.

For more information on Ball State Bold: Investing in the Future, visit

Here are some details on past capital campaigns at Ball State:

Wings for the Future — This campaign took place in the early 1990s and had a goal of $40 million. Overall, the campaign raised $44 million.
Above and Beyond — This campaign was completed in 2002 with a goal of $90 million. Overall, the campaign raised nearly $113 million.