Just a year ago, as I considered accepting the presidency of Ball State University, I was struck by how much the university had accomplished in recent years. From national rankings and model programs, to Emmy awards and Academic All-American honors, Ball State clearly demonstrated positive momentum.
Fast forward to today: During my first six months as the university's 14th president, my confidence in Ball State's ability to serve as a national model of a learner-centered academic community has only been bolstered by the continued impressive achievements of our faculty, staff, students, administrators, and alumni.
The Ball State story is inspiring, and the Ball State spirit is infectious. It challenges those within the community to consider ways they can make a difference. I recently decided to forgo a formal inauguration ceremony and use the $150,000 saved to establish the Inauguration Scholarship Fund. With the generous support of 25 benefactors who each have provided a $10,000 gift, we have been able to award scholarship packages with a value in excess of $32,000 to 25 outstanding Indiana students.
At Ball State, we are putting students first, building a world-class faculty and staff, enhancing research efforts, and providing high-quality academic and cocurricular programs in a growing and impressive physical environment. I invite you to read on and see for yourself just how we measure excellence at Ball State University.