Report: Former Ball State President Considering New Job

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(Photo courtesy of Ball State University) Ferguson's previous contract with Ball State began in August 2014. (Photo courtesy of Ball State University) Ferguson's previous contract with Ball State began in August 2014.
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas -

A former Ball State University president is interested in the chancellor position at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports Paul Ferguson, whose resignation at Ball State was announced in January, is among 17 applicants vying for the job.

The publication says around a dozen applicants will have off-campus conversations with members of the UALR search committee, not formal interviews. The school is part of the University of Arkansas system and the position is the highest at the Little Rock campus.

The Ball State's Board of Trustees sent a notice in January to staff members outlining what it said was a mutual decision for Ferguson and Ball State to go their separate ways. The announcement came less than two years after Ferguson came to Ball State from the same role at the University of Maine. Reasons for the departure have not been made public. Terry King, a longtime provost and former interim president between the tenures of Jo Ann Gora and Ferguson, has been serving as acting president since the decision.

A search committee was named last month to find Ball State's next president. According to Ferguson's severance agreement with Ball State, his official last day was March 25.

Ball State will hold public forums next week to discuss the qualities of the Muncie school's next leader.

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