President's Installation and Community Events

A warm welcome to our Ball State alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends in the Muncie community and beyond.

The Sept. 8 installation of Geoffrey S. Mearns as our 17th president was a new beginning that honors both our accomplishments to date and our vision for the future, which we are all committed to.

He has pledged to partner with Muncie because we are better together. The president has called enhancing and expanding our support for Muncie a moral obligation.

Three days of activities, both on campus and in the community, surrounded the installation and supported our partnership with the community.

To strengthen the partnership between Ball State and the Muncie community, the Mearns/Proud Family Scholarship was unveiled during the president's installation Sept 8.

'Committed to the Community'

Ball State students and employees participated in United Way's Day of Action projects on Sept.7 as part of Geoffrey S. Mearns' installation as Ball State University's 17th president.

Community Forums

How can Ball State University and Muncie be better?

In partnership with The Star Press, Ball State is hosting three community forums to discuss how the university and community can partner together, in a cooperative and collaborative way, to grow and thrive. The format will be a panel discussion with Ball State President Geoffrey S. Mearns, community leaders, and Ball State faculty and staff.

Theme: Neighborhoods and Education
Location: Southside Middle School Auditorium
Date: September 13, 6 p.m.

Community Leaders
  • Julius Anderson, Muncie City Council
  • Ken Hudson, executive director of Whitely Community Council
Ball State Experts
  • Wilisha Scaife, director of Family Engagement, Muncie P3 (after-school enrichment for grades k-3)
  • Heather Williams, Building Better Neighborhoods program manager, Office of Community Engagement
  • Eva Zygmunt, Helen Gant Elmore Distinguished Professor of Elementary Education

Watch a livestream of the forum on this page beginning at 5:50 p.m.

Theme: Arts and Culture
Location: Minnetrista
Date: September 27, 6 p.m.

Community leaders
  • Tom Bracken, member, Ball State Board of Trustees, and president, George and Frances Ball Foundation
  • Leigh Edwards, board president, Muncie Civic Theatre
  • Akilah Nosakhere, director, Muncie Public Library
Ball State experts
  • Ryan Hourigan, director, School of Music
  • Tania Said, director of education, David Owsley Museum of Art

Watch a livestream of the forum on this page beginning at 5:50 p.m.

Theme: Economic Development
Location: Cornerstone Center for the Arts
Date: October 12, 6 p.m.

Community leaders
  • Chris Caldwell, sr. vice president, commercial and business banking, Mutual Bank
  • Traci Lutton, vice president, economic development, Muncie-Delaware
    County Economic Development Alliance
Ball State experts
  • Delaina Boyd, interim associate vice president, community engagement
  • David Terrell, director, Rural Policy Research Institute and interim co-director, Indiana Communities Institute

Watch a livestream of the forum on this page beginning at 5:50 p.m.

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