MUNCIE, Ind. (January 25, 2016) – Ball State University President Paul Ferguson has submitted his resignation.
CBS4 received a copy of an email sent from the Board of Trustees that states President Ferguson requested a two-month sabbatical leave and has submitted his resignation to be effective at the end of that leave. The email says that the Board of Trustees approved the leave and his resignation.
President Ferguson began his service as Ball State’s 15th president in August 2014.
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Terry King will serve as acting president. Dr. King served as interim president in 2014 when former President Jo Ann Gora retired after 10 years.
Staff members and students were surprised to hear the news. Amy Harden, University Senate Chairperson said she didn't know the reason for Ferguson's resignation.
She said it a statement to CBS4:
"I am surprised and immensely saddened by the news. President Ferguson has had a tremendous positive impact on the university. His initiatives and the the emphasis on Ball State's unique niche as the university for entrepreneurial learning and community engagement has provided excitement for students and faculty. It was a pleasure to work with him. I wish him well in his future endeavors."
The University sent the following statement to students via e-mail:
"The Board of Trustees knows that you, as a student of the University, are always concerned about important events impacting Ball State. Consequently, we wanted to share directly with you the important information below. The Board knows that we can count on your continued support as, together, we move Ball State University forward.
The Board of Trustees of Ball State University announced today that President Paul W. Ferguson has requested a two-month sabbatical leave and has submitted his resignation to be effective at the end of that leave. The Board has approved the leave and accepted his resignation. Rick Hall, Board Chair, made the announcement following the trustees' meeting earlier today.
"While the Board and Dr. Ferguson are disappointed that this relationship has ended, we wish Dr. Ferguson and his wife, Grace, well in their future endeavors," Hall said.
"It has been an honor and privilege for Grace and me to work with and to serve the faculty, staff, and especially our students, at Ball State University. We have, together, worked diligently to refresh our vision and legacy of beneficence and entrepreneurship, refocused on being student-centered and community-engaged, and improved many of our policies and procedures to be best practices," commented Dr. Ferguson.
Hall said that the Trustees have appointed Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Terry King as acting President. Dr. King served as Interim President in 2014 when former President Jo Ann Gora retired after 10 years.
"The Board has tremendous confidence in the ability of the faculty and the administration to build upon their past successes," Hall added, noting that "The collective effort of the entire University community will be especially important as we approach the Centennial Celebration of Ball State in 2018."