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March 18th 2020: President Mearns Takes Flight at Ball State University

As I walked up the steps of the pale yellow brick building in the still of the morning chill, there was something more dramatic happening. Less than 24 hours prior, President Geoffry Mearns had declared that the university was suspending all in-person classes and would move to remote learning not for two weeks, but for the duration of the spring semester. Today, the coronavirus has not only affected the 22 thousand plus students at Ball State University, but millions of college students have moved back home and spring break plans have been cancelled. The world of education has changed as w

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Geoffrey Mearns

Geoffrey Mearns serves as President of Ball State University and has prioritized five key areas: undergraduate excellence, graduate education and lifetime learning, community engagement and impact, scholarship and societal impact, and institutional and inclusive excellence. During his tenure, President Mearns has pursued initiatives that have produced the largest freshman class in history and increased alumni engagement and fundraising. President Mearns has also strengthened the University’s relationship with the community, most notably through its innovative partnership with Muncie Community Schools. President Mearns majored in English at Yale University and earned a law degree from t
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