Ball State Names Business College Dean

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Bott previously served as associate provost for learning initiatives at Ball State. Bott previously served as associate provost for learning initiatives at Ball State.

The Miller College of Business at Ball State University has a new dean. The university has selected Jennifer Bott, who has served as interim dean since June, to officially lead the college.

Bott was selected following a national search. She joined Ball State in 2004 as an associate professor of management. She served as assistant provost for learning initiatives from 2011 to 2013 and associate provost for learning initiatives from 2013 to 2015.

"Dr. Bott has a dynamic vision for the Miller College of Business and all its programs that will unite the college with business partners, alumni, donors and friends," said Terry King, acting president of Ball State. "Miller College has nationally recognized programs, including entrepreneurship and accounting, as well as some of the best one-on-one classroom teachers who are among our top research faculty. Under her leadership, the college will be elevated to the next level."

The university says as interim dean, Bott "built a collaborative and inclusive leadership culture through the creation of the College Leadership Team and revitalized fundraising efforts, including the creation of a comprehensive plan and development team."

"In an academic setting, success is possible only through repeated, collaborated effort, as nothing sustainable is achieved alone," said Bott. "With this approach, I know that I can continue to bring positive change in the Miller College of Business."

A DePauw graduate, Bott was granted tenure at Ball State in 2011 and was promoted to full professor in 2015.

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