R. Wayne Estopinal

Trustees approve naming of R. Wayne Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning

The renaming recognizes the former trustee and exemplary alumnus for his service and generosity to Ball State University.

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In Memoriam


R. Wayne Estopinal exemplified what it means to be an engaged alumnus.

A 1979 Ball State University graduate who studied in the College of Architecture and Planning, Wayne began serving on the Board of Trustees in 2011. In that time, he proved himself to be an involved, dedicated leader and supporter for Ball State as he attended hundreds of meetings and events and played key roles in some of the University’s biggest projects and initiatives.

Wayne's many accomplishments and contributions include serving on three presidential searches, receiving the honor of being the College of Architecture and Planning’s commencement speaker, and assisting with the renovation of the L.A. Pittenger Student Center. As the president of the firm TEG Architects, he was able to provide keen insight on nearly 20 major projects during his time as a Trustee.

Wayne's commitment to his alma mater carried into his professional career as he employed more than 100 Ball State alumni and dozens of interns.

Of all he did at Ball State, one of his proudest moments was seeing his own daughter, Ashley, graduate from the University in 2008. He is also survived by his son, Andrew.

Wayne's contributions to the University went beyond his role as a Trustee, also serving as Chair of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee and as a member of the Alumni Council. He also was active in his community, being involved with the Louisville Zoo Foundation Board of Directors. A soccer fan, he was the Owner/Managing Partner of Mockingbird Valley Soccer Club in Louisville, and he was a minority owner of the Orlando City Soccer Club of the MLS.

Through his service and commitment to others, Wayne truly represented the spirit of Beneficence that is intrinsic to Ball State, and his contributions will have a lasting effect for generations to come.

A Moment of Silence for Wayne Estopinal

Graduates and their friends and families took a moment to remember Wayne during Ball State’s Fall Commencement on Saturday, December 15.

City Honors Wayne by Illuminating Its Bridge

The city of Jeffersonville honored Wayne by lighting up the Big Four Bridge, which crosses the Ohio River. The purple and gold represent the colors used by the Louisville City Football Club, which Wayne founded, and the Orlando City Soccer Club, of which he was a minority owner.

The Big Four bridge lights up in memory of Wayne Estopinal


As a Trustee, Estopinal served as Chair of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee and as a member of the Finance, Facilities, and Planning Committee.

He had significant involvement in the:


Completed projects during Estopinal’s tenure as a Trustee include:

  • Ronald E. and Joan M. Venderly Football Team Complex
  • Charles W. Brown Planetarium
  • Marilyn K. Glick Center for Glass
  • Dr. Joe and Alice Rinard Orchid Greenhouse
  • Johnson Complex renovations
  • Applied Technology Building renovations
  • North Quad Building renovations
  • Teachers College Building renovations
  • Thomas Kinghorn Hall
  • Jo Ann Gora Student Recreation and Wellness Center
  • Dr. Don Shondell Practice Center
  • Emens Auditorium lobby expansion
  • geothermal conversion
  • Health Professions Building
  • Foundational Sciences Building
  • New York Avenue Parking Structure
  • Multicultural Center
  • North Residential Neighborhood, Phases 1 and 2

More Reading

For more about Estopinal’s accomplishments, read an Alumni Association report about his contributions to Ball State and his nomination for a fellowship with the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA).