Ball State Interim President Terry King never planned to lead Ball State, or any university for that matter.
Interim President Terry King to retire in June
After 10 years at Ball State, Interim President Terry King is ready to retire.
The announcement took place at today's Board of Trustees meeting, and university spokesperson Kathy Wolf confirmed King will officially retire June 9 .
"He's really looking forward to enjoying retirement life," Wolf said. "He’s worked so much — I can’t stress the hours and dedication and time he’s put into the university, in all his roles, and particularly over the last year,"
King postponed his retirement to serve as interim president after the sudden resignation of former President Paul W. Ferguson last January.
"When asked to step up and be interim president, he demonstrated leadership in a critical time," Wolf said. "It's that kind of personal sacrifice that shows his loyalty to Ball State."
King began his academic career at Iowa State University in 1982 in the Department of Chemical Engineering, according to the Ball State website. He then went to Kansas State University and served as the dean of the School of Engineering before coming to Ball State. At Ball State, King was provost and vice president for academic affairs.
"I truly enjoy the opportunity to be interim here at Ball State. In fact, it’s an honor,” King said earlier this year. “It’s an institution which has so many positive things happening, but I’m just at the point in my career where I’m looking to do other things."
As for King's retirement plan, he plans to spend more time with his family, rock climbing and enjoying retirement.
"He's going to try to take some vacation," Wolf said. "He's looking forward to the next chapter ... we will miss him very much, but we are glad he gets to retire."