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 Learning, Sponsored 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 2022


  • "Invisible Ball of Dreams" by Emily Ruth Rutter
  • "Ore Choir: Lava on Iceland" by Katy Didden / Illustrations by Kevin Tseng 
  • "Voices of the Border" Edited by Tobin Hansen and Maria Engracia Robles Robles - Translated by David Hill and Sathya Honey Victoria
  • "Becoming a Student-Ready College" by Tia Brown McNair, Susan Albertine, Michelle Asha Cooper, Nicole McDonald, Thomas Major, JR. 
  • "Adaptive Space" by Michael J. Arena, Ph.D.
  • "Leadership Reckoning" by Thomas Kolditz, Ph.D., Libby Gill, Ryan P. Brown. Ph.D.
  • "Cold Hard Truth" by Len Forkas
  • "Language at the Speed of Sight" by Mark Seidenberg
  • "The College of the Future" by Jeffery R. Docking, Ph.D. with Kevin Harrington 
  • "Speak Freely" by Keith E. Whittington 
  • "The Stranger in the Lifeboat" by Mitch Albom
  • "The Great Upheaval" by Arthur Levine and Scott Van Pelt
  • “The Founder's Dilemmas”  by Noam Wasserman
  • "Legacy" by James Kerr


See what the Provost was reading in 2021 (PDF).

See what the Provost was reading in 2020 (PDF).

See what the Provost was reading in 2019 (PDF).