Topics: President, Alumni

August 1, 2019

Ball State University has joined a statewide initiative to bring college-educated professionals back to Indiana.

Brain Gain is a collaboration of Indiana universities, civic organizations, and businesses working with the Indianapolis company TMap, which uses technology and consumer marketing to recruit professionals to Indiana. Ball State and other universities are asking alumni who now live out of state to return to Indiana.

“Indiana is a great place for people to have fulfilling careers and to lead meaningful lives,” said Ball State President Geoffrey S. Mearns. “Indiana has a lot to offer talented professionals. With a strong economy, many opportunities, and Hoosier values, our state is thriving.”

Of about 40 occupations that are most in demand, the vast majority require at least a bachelor’s degree, according to data from

“For Indiana to continue to grow, we need qualified professionals to fill many job openings throughout the state,” President Mearns said. “The state of Indiana has invested in Ball State, and now I am asking our alumni to consider investing in Indiana by living and working here.”

President Mearns is featured in a short video message to alumni. Watch the video.