John J. Pruis, 1968-1978

John Pruis became president of Ball State on July 1, 1968, at the age of forty-three. He had been associated with Western Michigan University, his alma mater, as professor of speech for 13 years, vice president for 2 years, and secretary to the university's Board of Trustees for 4 years. Accomplishments during his term as Ball State president included establishment of Special Programs and foreign language houses, Whitinger Scholars program, John R. Emens Scholars, Martin Luther King scholarships, and undergraduate research grants. He oversaw improvement of both graduate assistant and doctoral fellow programs. The construction of Bracken Library, the College of Architecture and Planning, Cooper Science Complex, and two parking garages were completed during Pruis presidency. Work began on the College of Business building. Several other buildings underwent various stages of completion or remodeling as well. The Ball State University Annual Fund grew from $170,758 to approximately $1.8 million. Pruis resigned on August 31,1978, after ten years of service as president.