Ball State President Jo Ann Gora to retire in 2014
Gora has been BSU president since 2004
Last Updated: 42 days ago
MUNCIE, Ind. - Ball State University President Jo Ann Gora announced Saturday she will be retiring at the end of June 2014.
Gora began her term as president in 2004, having previously served as chancellor of the University of Massachusetts.
In an email statement, Gora said it was a difficult decision to leave the university.
"I am very proud of what has been accomplished in my tenure as president," Gora wrote. "We have dramatically improved the campus footprint, used technology to transform the way students learn, and, most important, established the true distinctiveness of a Ball State education through our emphasis on immersive learning."
Gora has overseen more than $520 million worth of completed or current construction during her tenure at Ball State, including the Marilyn K. Glick Center for Glass, which houses the university's bachelor and master's programs in fine arts and visual arts.
Gora received a 3.5 percent pay raise in September, just months after her salary drew attention when deferred compensation and incentives pushed it to nearly $1 million. Gora's pay came under question after a survey by the Chronicle of Higher Education listed her 2011-12 compensation at nearly $985,000, the fifth-highest nationally and far ahead of the presidents at Indiana and Purdue universities.
Ball State's Student Government Association released a statement shortly after Gora's applauding her for her service to the university.
"Her infectious Cardinal spirit will be greatly missed," the statement reads.
Gora was a 2005 recipient for the Indiana Commission for Women's Torchbearer aware, the highest honor given to women by the state of Indiana. She was also named by the Indianapolis Business Journal as one of the 19 most-influential women in Indiana.
Gora didn't signal what her plans were after leaving the university.
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