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BSU acting president doesn't support Senate resolution

February 19, 2016

Acting Ball State University President Terry King says he doesn't support a proposed resolution in the Indiana Senate that would change how school trustees are appointed.

King took over at BSU after predecessor Paul Ferguson resigned earlier this year. Ferguson spent less than 18 months as president of the university but received a severance package that will pay him $450,000 over the next year.

The resolution would have the alumni association appoint three of Ball State's trustees. The Student Government Association, city of Muncie and University Senate would each appoint one and the governor would appoint the remaining three. Right now the governor appoints all nine members.

King told the Star Press of Muncie that he would reject the proposal because it asks the state to give up control of a state university.

Ball State officials this month named a committee to propose reforms in response to complaints of secrecy surrounding Ferguson's resignation and criticism over the severance package.

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