Director of Public Policy and Engagement
Beth Neu joined Ball State University in 2013 in a newly created position with the purpose of linking the expertise available at the university with communities, businesses and non-profit entities across Indiana to help them achieve their goals and enhance overall community well-being.
Prior to joining Ball State University, Beth served as Director of Pastoral Planning and Pastoral Services for the Diocese of Richmond (VA) for eight years, while she and her husband owned a small business in Central Virginia. Prior to that Beth spent over 20 years in the Economic Development profession, serving as director of the City of Roanoke (VA) Department of Economic Development and over 10 years as director of the City of Fort Wayne Department of Economic Development. During that time she was involved in Leadership Fort Wayne, served a term as President of the Indiana Economic Development Association (1995), served on the American Economic Development Council Board of Directors and taught at the Economic Development Institute as well as several of the Basic Economic Development courses across the country.
Beth completed the New York Basic Economic Development Course in 1983, graduated from the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma in 1985, earned the Certified Economic Developer designation in 1989 and has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Indiana University.