Ball State President Abruptly Resigns

Jan 25, 2016

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Ball State University has announced the school’s president, Paul Ferguson, is resigning. 

In an email to employees Monday afternoon, the Ball State Board of Trustees says Paul Ferguson has submitted his resignation to the university.  He will take a two-month sabbatical leave immediately and his resignation will be official after that.

Ball State officials referred all questions to Myra Borshoff.  Now retired from an Indianapolis public relations agency that bears her name, Borshoff’s biography says she has a 40-year reputation in “crisis work and strategic counsel.”  She did not answer any questions Monday afternoon.

In a statement, Ball State Board Chair Rick Hall said he and the board were “disappointed that this relationship has ended.”

Ferguson was introduced to the Ball State campus as its new president in May of 2014.  He began work at the beginning of that school year.

University Provost Terry King has been named as acting president. 

In his year and a half as president, Ferguson has introduced the concept of “entrepreneurial learning” and stressed the university’s definition as a research institution.