Dr. Seth Beckman will join the Ball State University leadership team as the next dean of the College of Fine Arts. Dr. Beckman, who’s appointment starts July 1, 2019, brings a collaborative leadership style, has solid leadership experience, and is passionate about the arts in a way that engages communities.

Search Committee


Aggressive, active national recruiting is conducted, with screening and interviewing of candidates by Witt/Kieffer.

Witt/Kieffer meets with the Ball State University search committee to review candidates and identify semi-finalists for interviews.

Witt/Kieffer prepares the Ball State University search committee for first round interviews and assists with the selection of finalist(s) for second round interviews. Educational verifications and references are conducted by Witt/Kieffer.

Finalist interviews are conducted with a broad range of constituents on campus. The candidate of choice is identified from this round of interviews. Negotiations commence.

Once the hiring authority decides to extend an offer, Witt/Kieffer can advise and/or assist with negotiations.

The final candidate accepts an offer. The appointment is announced. Witt/Kieffer supports a smooth transition.

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