President Mearns has a vision for Ball State, which he shared with students and staff of the university on Tuesday.

In his first quarterly email, Mearns outlined his goals for the university, separated by future plans and updates.

New deanships

Three new deans were named for the upcoming academic year.

Maureen A. McCarthy will lead the College of Sciences and Humanities. Previously, she was the associate vice provost and professor of psychology at Kennesaw State University in Georgia.

The College of Architecture and Planning has moved its interim dean into full deanship. Phil Repp, the interim dean since September 2015, will direct CAP.

RELATED: Ball State promotes Repp to dean of CAP

Following the closed dean search from the previous academic year, the Teachers College will move forward with an interim dean. Roy A. Weaver, an emeritus professor who retired as the Teachers College Dean in 2009, will assume the role.

Strategic plan

Mearns praised the previous strategic plan and is in the process of developing a new one. In the email, he said input from stakeholders, students and staff is vital in creating a new plan.

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Centennial plan

Ball State will celebrate 100 years since its creation by the Ball brothers in 1918 this academic year.

“Today, as a nationally recognized University, we look forward to properly acknowledging the brothers’ vision and commitment,” Mearns said in the email.

Right now Ball State is “gathering data and ideas from alumni and friends, faculty and staff, students, and other community members.”

Alumni relations

In the email, Mearns said alumni input is necessary to achieve the strategic plan and in attracting students who are a good fit for the university.

To realize his goals, Mearns has already met with the Alumni Council and its Executive Committee to garner input. He will continue to meet with alumni by traveling to Washington DC, Indianapolis and Fort Wayne in June.