Ball State University says incoming president Geoffrey Mearns will begin in his new position earlier than first announced. Mearns, who currently serves as president of Northern Kentucky University, will start May 15.
The school says Mearns will begin in the position by meeting with key internal and external stakeholders and working "to gain an understanding of the rich history of the university." Ball State says a Presidential Transition Committee, appointed by Interim President Terry King, as well as executive advising firm Franke Associates, will help with the transition.
Mearns says those resources "will provide me with different and divers perspectives that will help me make strategic, informed decisions for the long-term health and well-being of Ball State University."
When he was introduced in January, Mearns said he was happy to arrive in Muncie at a time "where the appetite for a Ball State education has never been stronger." His career also includes time as a law professor and eventual provost and senior vice president at Cleveland State University as well as 17 years as an attorney. Mearns’ appointment came more than a year after previous President Paul Ferguson’s sudden departure.