Kari Gayes

Kari Gayes

Senior Account Strategist


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Kari's enthusiasm for Ball State took root during her first visit to campus as a high school senior and has grown stronger and deeper since. She even married a fellow Cardinal under the gaze of our beloved Beneficence. After eight years in the Phoenix desert, Kari's desire to work in higher education and spend more time with family drew her home to Muncie in 2013 to advance her alma mater.

As a senior account strategist, Kari enjoys building collaborative relationships with campus partners and working with her teammates to develop and execute marketing strategies. She loves helping her clients find new ways to tell their stories to prospective students, alumni, and the community.

Outside the office, Kari is a Girl Scout troop leader, avid reader, novice tap dancer, recreational runner, and enthusiastic supporter of Muncie. Her two children are proud Burris Owls and currently hope to someday become second generation Cardinals.


  • Academic Affairs
  • Chief Strategy Office
    • Community Engagement
    • Inclusive Excellence
    • Institutional Research and Decision Support
  • College of Communication, Information, and Media
  • Division of Online and Strategic Learning
  • Teachers College


Bachelor’s in communication studies, organizational communication minor
Ball State University

Master’s of business administration
University of Phoenix

Kari Gayes

quotation mark icon“No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.”
—“Dead Poets Society”