Muncie, IN

President, Ball State University Foundation and Vice President for University Advancement, Ball State University
The Organization

Located in Muncie, Indiana, Ball State University serves approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students across seven academic colleges with about 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 meet the need for more and better teachers, Ball State has earned a Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation and serves as one of Indiana’s public research institutions while remaining committed to empowering its graduates to have fulfilling careers and meaningful lives.

At Ball State University, diversity is an integral part of its identity. Success depends on the University’s efforts to cultivate inclusivity within its pedagogical, scholarly, and creative pursuits. Community is an inherent and crucial aspect of such efforts at local, national, and international levels. As the University recruits and trains a diverse administration, faculty/staff, and study body, it strives to ensure that Ball State students are prepared to engage and succeed in increasingly diverse environments. Ball State will be a place recognized for its positive climate—one where all stakeholders know that their contributions to the mission of the University are essential to success.

Position Overview

Ball State University and the Ball State University Foundation seek a strategic, entrepreneurial, and sophisticated fundraising leader to serve as the next Foundation President and Vice President for University Advancement (VPUA).

As a newly combined position, the Foundation President and Vice President for University Advancement reports to the Vice Chair of the Foundation Board of Directors, who also serves as the University President, and is responsible for providing and implementing the strategic vision of the Foundation, the daily oversight of all programs and activities of the Foundation, and the management and administration of all private gifts received for the benefit of Ball State University.

The Foundation President and VPUA provides vision, leadership, and oversight of all Foundation operations, alumni relations, and development activities that support the academic mission of the University. It will be important for the new Foundation President and VPUA to contribute to the short, intermediate, and long-term success of the campus by creating awareness, building meaningful and enduring relationships, and generating broad-based philanthropic support. The Foundation President and VPUA will serve as the chief development officer for the campus and advise the University President and other senior-level administrative and academic leaders on all development and alumni relations matters. The Foundation President and VPUA will serve as a key member of the University President’s senior leadership team and participate in strategic planning and campus collaborations to ensure alignment with and creative approaches to support key academic and University priorities, initiatives, and opportunities.  For more information on this search, please visit

How To Apply

Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, applicant materials should be received by March 1, 2019. Candidates should provide, as three separate documents, a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Profile, and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent via email to Ball State University’s consultants, Zachary A. Smith, Ph.D. and Kim Brettschneider at Items that cannot be emailed can be sent to:

Ball State University

President, Ball State University Foundation and VPUA

C/O Witt/Kieffer

Attention: Francine Heymanson

2015 Spring Road, Suite 510

Oak Brook, IL 60523

For more information about Ball State University and the Ball State University Foundation, visit and

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.

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