Susana Rivera-Mills

Meet Our Provost

Dr. Susana Rivera-Mills

As provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Ball State University, Dr. Susana Rivera-Mills brings years of administrative experience and a passion for community engagement to our thriving campus. Learn more.


On Ball State’s campus, the provost is the chief academic officer. As described in the University’s academic affairs organizational chart (PDF), the provost reports directly to the president of the University. The provost is responsible for overseeing all seven of the University’s academic colleges, plus the Graduate School, University College, and Honors College.

Several entities report directly to the provost, including the Division of Online and Strategic LearningSponsored Projects Administration, University Libraries, and the Center for Medical Education.

In addition, the provost is responsible for faculty, curriculum, assessment of teaching and scholarship, and leading Ball State's Innovation Corporation Technology Transfer initiative.

When the provost is not working on campus, she may be promoting Ball State elsewhere in the U.S. or abroad. She often serves as the keynote speaker for the various engagements she travels to.

What the Provost is Reading in 2020

  • "The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company" by Robert Iger, Jim Frangione, et al.
  • "House on Mango Street" by Sandra Cisneros
  • "Mexicanos in Oregon: Their Stories, Their Lives" by Erlinda Gonzales-Berry
  • "The Cactus League: A Novel" by Emily Nemens
  • "The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming" by David Wallace-Wells
  • "The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life" by David Brooks
  • "The Empowered University" by Freeman A. Hrabowski III
  • "The Ultimate Baseball Roadtrip: A Fan’s Guide to Major League Stadiums" by Jos Pahigian and Kevin O’Connell
  • "Straight Man" by Richard Russo
  • "The Undergraduate Experience: Focusing Institutions on What Matters Most" by P. Felton, J. Gardner, C. Schroeder, L. Lambert, and B. Barefoot
  • "Adaptive Space: How GM and Other Companies are Positively Disrupting Themselves and Transforming into Agile Organizations" by Michael J. Arena

COVID-19 Readings

See what the Provost was reading in 2019.