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Ball State University
Posted: 07/05/2023
Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs



Ball State University seeks an exceptional, transformational academic leader and administrator to serve as the University’s next Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Reporting directly to President Geoffrey S. Mearns, the next Provost will have the opportunity to advance a unified vision for the University’s future and join a high-performing executive leadership team as Ball State continues to implement its Destination 2040 strategic plan.

Located in Muncie, Indiana, Ball State University serves approximately 20,000 graduate and undergraduate students across seven academic colleges with 190 undergraduate programs. Ball State offers more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Originally founded to fill a need for more and better teachers, Ball State has earned a Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation, and it serves as one of Indiana’s public research institutions while remaining committed to graduating scholars who are leaders in their professions and communities.

Inclusive excellence is an integral part of Ball State’s mission and strategic plan. As the University recruits and develops diverse leaders, faculty, staff, and students, it strives to ensure that its students are prepared to engage and succeed in increasingly diverse environments. Ball State is and will continue to be recognized for its positive climate—one in which all stakeholders know that their contributions are essential to the University’s success.

As Ball State University’s chief academic officer and second ranking officer, the Provost is responsible for overseeing Academic Affairs at the University, including the R. Wayne Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning, Miller College of Business, College of Communication, Information, and Media, College of Fine Arts, College of Health, College of Sciences and Humanities, and Teachers College.

The next Provost will provide institutional leadership and stewardship, supporting and advocating for faculty, staff, and student success. The Provost will play a pivotal role partnering with the deans and colleges as they transition fully to a decentralized, incentive-based budget model that aligns financial resources with strategic institutional priorities.

Ball State seeks in its next Provost a collaborative, courageous leader who will advance diversity, equity, and inclusion, champion community engagement, and inspire societal impact. The Provost will model an unwavering commitment to excellence, innovation, and social responsibility while leading the academic enterprise with courage, integrity, and gratitude.

Candidates are expected to have prior successful administrative leadership experience within a complex organization, sophisticated financial acumen and budget management experience, and a demonstrable commitment to advancing inclusive excellence. A PhD or terminal degree is required. The successful candidate will merit a tenured faculty appointment at the rank of professor at the University.

All applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited. Applications should include a CV and letter of interest addressing the themes in this leadership profile.

WittKieffer is assisting Ball State University in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by August 15, 2023.

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to: Zachary A. Smith, PhD, Philip Tang, and Natalie Song


Ball State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status. MC-55864-23