President

August 16, 2014
Ball State University President Paul Ferguson abandoned the traditional "State of the University" speech when he faced hundreds of faculty from the stage at Emens Auditorium on Friday, saying he hasn't been on the job long enough (two weeks).
Note: Associated Press distributed this story to media outlets across the country, including Houston Chronicle, Danbury (Ct.) Post and Reading (Penn.) Eagle.
August 15, 2014
At 61, Ferguson is starting his first school year leading the public college of about 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students in Muncie, northwest of Indianapolis.
August 1, 2014
Paul Ferguson will take the reins today as the 15th president of Ball State University. He had been serving as president of the University of Maine. Ferguson succeeds Jo Ann Gora, who retired in June after ten years at the helm of the Muncie campus.
June 6, 2014
Source: Star Press
Tyler gave outgoing BSU president the Spirit of Chief Munsee award, story says.
June 4, 2014
Amid a national push by gun advocates to permit concealed carry on campuses, a new poll of college presidents found that 95 percent of them oppose measures to allow concealed weapons on campus.
June 3, 2014
Research by Ball State's Jagdish Khubchandani is cited.
June 3, 2014
Research from Ball State University publicized Monday showed 95 percent of college presidents and chancellors oppose permiting firearms on their campuses.
June 2, 2014
Note: This story was broadcast throughout the state by IIB network affiliates, including WISH-TV and WIBC-FM over the weekend.
May 23, 2014
The incoming president of Ball State University says helping plug the brain drain will be an important part of his new job. Paul Ferguson says universities must play a role in identifying what factors into students' decisions to work in Indiana or move to another state.
May 22, 2014
Ball State University tapped into an East Coast university for its president for for the second consecutive time.
May 22, 2014
A veteran college administrator with experience in fundraising was selected Thursday to become the 15th president of Ball State University.
May 16, 2014
Editorial examines Dr. Gora's impact on Ball State.
May 4, 2014
The board revealed Saturday night at President Jo Ann Gora's retirement celebration it has renamed the Student Recreation and Wellness Center in her honor and for her "transformative leadership," according to a news release.
May 4, 2014
Source: Star Press
Ball State University President Jo Ann Gora told the 2,800 students seated before her at the 170th commencement ceremony that she feels like a part of the graduating class of 2014.
April 26, 2014
Source: Star Press
Up close and personal with Jo Ann Gora: There's so much more to Jo Ann Gora than being the college president of Ball State University. TSP reporter Tom St. Myer sits down with her to shed some light on the Jo Ann Gora you don't know.
September 8, 2013
Messer Announces Creation of Congressional Leadership Academy
Source: WIBC FM
Sixth District Congressman Luke Messer, along with Ball State President Jo Ann Gora, announced Friday the creation of the Congressional Leadership Academy. Two students from every high school in the sixth district will be selected to participate in the event.
Note: Story ran story on air multiple times over weekend.
April 30, 2013
Gora thanks legislators for BSU budget
Source: Star Press
It includes a 2.8 percent increase plus $33.1 million to finish geothermal project.
April 21, 2013
Ball State to invest $20M in athletics facility
Ball State's “Cardinal Commitment: Developing Champions” campaign has a $20 million fundraising goal by December 2014, an amount of money that is expected to bring significant upgrades to the Ball State baseball, softball, basketball, volleyball, football and golf facilities.
March 30, 2013
Universities work to boost performance, state aid
Ball State President Jo Ann Gora told the House Ways and Means Committee in January that the school has been at a disadvantage because it has worked to raise admission standards and the quality of programs while keeping enrollment around 16,000. That strategy, along with Ball State's focus on non-STEM degrees, has hurt it’s funding, she said. Note: Associated Press distributed this story nationally.
February 3, 2013
Heed leaders' cautions on college funds
President Jo Ann Gora of Ball State University told legislators last month that a cumulative loss of $77 million is “unsustainable."BSU is punished for raising admissions standards, she said. "We would like a greater recognition of the quality of the education experience," Gora said in an interview, noting that the university increased its graduation rate by 12 percent over the past decade. "We believe, and our trustees believe, in our approach. That is why we are so troubled that this formula does not recognize our success."
November 12, 2012
All Letterman, Oprah at BSU tickets distributed
Source: WISH-TV
Ball State University announced today that all tickets for "A Conversation with David Letterman and Oprah Winfrey" have been distributed as of Monday morning.
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