John E. Worthen, 1984-2000

On April 24, 1984, the Ball State University Board of Trustees voted unanimously in favor of a motion to name John Worthen as the institutions 11th president. Prior to coming to Ball State, Worthen held the post of President at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He had also been in administration at the University of Delaware and American University. During his tenure at Ball State, the assets of the University Foundation grew tremendously, with support reaching a record amount in 1999. Under Worthens leadership, the Wings of the Future capital campaign from 1987 to 1992 raised $44 million, endowed 3 chairs, and created 14 distinguished professorships. Shortly before Worthens retirement, a new capital campaign, Above and Beyond, was launched with a goal of $90 million to support scholarships, enhance academic programs, and to further improve campus facilities. Buildings added to the physical plant during Worthens presidency included the Edmund F. Ball Building, Alumni Center, and the Health, Physical Activity, and Arena Complex. Several existing buildings were renovated also. Other accomplishments included the creation of the Indiana Academy of Science, Mathematics, and Humanities, University Teleplex, and the College of Communication, Information, and Media. After 16 years as president, Worthen retired on June 30, 2000.