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John E. Worthen

John E. Worthen
Ball State University
Term 1984 – 2000
Predecessor Robert P. Bell
Successor Blaine A. Brownell
Born (1933-07-15) July 15, 1933 (age 81)
Carbondale, Illinois
Spouse Sandra Worthen
Children Samantha Worthen
Brad Worthen

John E. Worthen (born July 15, 1933)[1] is the 11th President of Ball State University and the 20th President of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.


Worthen served as president of Indiana University of Pennsylvania as well as worked as an administrative official at the University of Delaware as well as serving as the dean of men at American University. He served at IUP from 1979–1984, and then went on to serve Ball State from 1984-2000. Worthen earned a bachelors degree from Northwestern University in psychology, a masters degree from Columbia University, and a Doctor of education degree from Harvard University.[2]

Ball State University

Effect on Ball State University

  • Campus Additions During Presidency
  • East Quadrangle Building renovated and renamed to Burkhardt Building after Richard W. Burkhardt.

John E. Worthen Arena

In 1991, Ball State finished construction on University Arena to replace the aging facility, Irving Gymnasium. The arena holds 11,500 people and is home to the men and women's basketball and volleyball teams.

See also


Preceded by
Robert P. Bell
President of Ball State University
Succeeded by
Blaine A. Brownell
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