The 34 voting directors of the Ball State University Foundation Board of Directors guide the direction and oversee the fiduciary responsibilities of the Foundation. Dedicated, diverse, and distinguished, these volunteers bring years of business expertise, community involvement, and loyal support in their role as advisors and visionary leaders. With national representation, each board member serves on a committee that best utilizes their area of expertise, including finance, investments, philanthropy, and governance.



Michael C. Ray

Chair Elect

Patrick J. Alderdice

Vice Chair

Geoffrey S. Mearns


David W. Heeter

Immediate Past Chair

Marla K. Templeton

President of Ball State Foundation / Alumni Association and Vice President for University Advancement

Jean K. Crosby

Treasurer ♦

Stephen J. Wachtmann

Assistant Secretary

Beth A. Alexander


Timothy M. Andrews
Katherine A. Arbuckle
Charles A. Barth
Thomas B. Bryan
Katherine M. Doerksen
Donald D. Dumoulin II
Michael E. Earley
Alan T. Finn
Eric J. Foss
Jo Ann M. Gora
Julie K. Griffith
Henry Hall
Richard J. Hall
Robert S. Kaspar
Jill S. Lacy
Kelli A. Lawrence
Randy D. Phillips
Keith A. Robinson
Betsy M. Ross
Michelle A. Ryan
Dwight D. Smith
Daniel J. Towriss
Bente M. Weitekamp
Damita J. Williams
James R. Williams
Kyle J. Williams

Directors Emeriti

  • Jan P. Abbs
  • Stefan S. Anderson *
  • David W. Bahlmann
  • Thomas C. Bracken
  • Kenneth R. Briner
  • Blaine A. Brownell
  • J. Robert Browning
  • Peter F. Campanella *
  • Marsha J. Casey
  • Thomas L. DeWeese
  • J. Richard Emens *
  • Mark A. Ervin *
  • Brian A. Gallagher
  • Ben E. Hancock Jr.
  • Laura J. Hansen Dean
  • Charles H. Harper
  • Marjorie L. Hiner
  • Thomas J. Kinghorn
  • Paul L. Kozel
  • James C. Lintzenich
  • J. Richard Marshall *
  • Matthew J. Momper
  • Kent C. "Oz" Nelson
  • Don L. Park
  • Randall E. Pond *
  • Penny A. Ralston
  • Gregory A. Schenkel
  • Anthony L. Schneider *
  • James R. Schrecongost
  • John R. Seffrin
  • Mary R. Sissel *
  • Anthony W. Smith *
  • Michael P. Smith
  • A. Umit Taftali
  • John E. Worthen

* Chair Emeritus

♦ Non-Voting Members


Foundation Board members serve on one or more of the following five committees:

The Executive Committee coordinates the activities of the foundation board of directors and its committees and exercises powers as delegated by the board. This committee has the authority to act on behalf of the board between board meetings.

The committee duties include:

  • Reviewing and evaluating the performance of the board and board committees.
  • Establishing and creating charges for task forces and ad hoc committees.
  • Monitoring compliance of the Memorandum of Understanding between the foundation and the university.

The Audit Committee oversee the corporation's audit process, including communicating with the auditors and the corporation's staff; review of the audit and management letter process; and recommending potential audit firms.

The Engagement and Philanthropy Committee promotes, supports, and enhances philanthropy on behalf of Ball State University and its donors.

The committee duties include:

  • Assisting with the cultivation, education, and stewardship of donors.
  • Serving as role models by actively participating in philanthropy activities.
  • Educating the board on best practices in engagement and fundraising.

The Finance and Investment Committee advises the foundation board on general fiscal policy, fiscal management, and oversees the management of the foundation's assets.

The committee duties include:

  • Approving the foundation's fiscal year operating budget.
  • Financial planning, financial reporting, and creating and monitoring internal control and accountability policies.
  • Ensuring compliance and developing policies that protect the organization and manage its exposure to risk.
  • Developing, reviewing, and recommending changes to the foundation's Investment Policy Statement (IPS).
  • Selecting, monitoring, and reviewing the performance of outsourced Chief Investment Officer (OCIO).

The Governance Committee provides for the foundation board's effectiveness and continuing development.

The committee duties include:

  • Providing leadership to the board in assessing its effectiveness.
  • Screening, recruiting, and recommending potential directors for board membership.
  • Identifying continuing education activities.