Ferguson Named New Ball State President

By Eric Dutkiewicz - 21Alive

Credit: Ball State University

Ball State University president Paul Ferguson, Ph.D.

May 22, 2014 Updated May 22, 2014 at 1:49 PM EDT

MUNCIE, Ind. (21Alive) - Ball State University announced Paul Ferguson, Ph.D., as its new president on Thursday.

Ball State's board of trustees unanimously appointed Dr. Ferguson as the school's 15th president at a special board meeting. Ferguson was introduced at a press conference at Sursa Hall. His presidency officially begins Aug. 1.

Ferguson replaces Jo Ann Gora, Ph.D., who retired after 10 years at Ball State. Provost Terry King will serve as interim president.

Ferguson, 58, comes to BSU from the University of Maine, where he began his presidency in 2011. He previously held positions at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, University of Nevada-Las Vegas and University of Louisiana-Monroe.

Ferguson earned his bachelor's degree in biology from Whittier College and a Ph.D. in pharmacology and toxicology from the University of California-Davis. He and his wife, Grace, have three adult children: David, Kathryn and Jenny.

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