Reform committee forms after Ball State president resigns

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP): Ball State University officials have named a committee to propose reforms in response to complaints of secrecy surrounding the resignation of school President Paul Ferguson.

Telecommunications professor Dom Caristi introduced the resolution last week at a Faculty Council meeting, saying the public has the right to know why a president leaves, especially when it costs more than $500,000 in taxpayer money.

Ferguson resigned in January, after working at the school for less than 18 months. The Star Press reports that his severance package gives him two months of paid leave, followed by 12 months of base salary.

Faculty Council Chairman Andy Beane appointed Caristi and two other professors to a committee to continue drafting the resolution.

The council is expected to act on the proposal on March 4.

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