Rick Hall joined the Board of Trustees in 2007 and serves as chair of the board.
Previously, Hall served as vice chair from January 2020-January 2024, and board chair from January 2014-January 2020. The board limits the service of its chair to four years. However, at the request of his colleagues, Hall agreed to serve an additional two-year term in 2018 to assist in the transition of President Mearns, who arrived on campus in 2017. Hall also served as secretary from January 2012-January 2014 and assistant secretary from January 2008-January 2012.
Hall is a partner and served for more than a decade on the management committee at Barnes & Thornburg LLP, which is one of the 100 largest law firms in the country. He represents public and private entities in the areas of governmental services and finance. He previously served as a law clerk to Judge Michael Kanne of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit and worked for U.S. Senator Richard G. Lugar.
Hall earned his bachelor’s degree at Ball State in 1989, where he earned four letters playing basketball and was the Cardinals captain in his senior year. A two-time member of the Mid-American Conference all-academic first team, he also received the prestigious Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship, awarded by the NCAA each year to one male and one female student-athlete for academic excellence, athletic achievement, and commitment to public service. He earned his law degree from the Northwestern University School of Law.
Hall also serves his alma mater as a member of the Ball State University Foundation Board. He lives in Carmel with his wife Tami, also a Ball State alumnus, and they have two daughters, Taylor and Lauren.