Bryan Dean of the Miller College of Business and Professor
A Navy veteran and recently dean at the College of Business at the University of Colorado, Dr. Stephen P. Ferris has a long career in higher education, including academic and administrative roles at the University of Missouri in Columbia.
“Stephen brings extensive administrative experience and an entrepreneurial spirit that places students at the center of his vision for the college,” Rivera-Mills said. “I am confident that Stephen will successfully engage faculty, alumni, and other community stakeholders to move the Miller College forward and advance our University’s mission and strategic plan.”
Ferris said President Mearns’ vision drew him to Ball State. “Innovation is key to education, scholarship, and discovery, especially with how we use technology and online platforms. Like President Mearns, I believe community engagement is an integral part of the University and of business education, both in economic development and student success.
“In broad terms, my vision for Miller College is for us to build on our momentum in preparing our students for success in a global, diverse, innovative, and technologically oriented economy.
“The new strategic plan is very forward-looking. It’s where the academy and business education are going.”