Ball State provided the names of 88 candidates — 16 of which are Ball State employees — who applied to be on the Muncie School Board Wednesday. 

Five of the 88 applicants, will be chosen by Ball State’s Board of Trustees members after nominations from President Geoffrey Mearns. Mearns will appoint the remaining two candidates based on nominations from Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler and Muncie City Council. 

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This number of candidates is unprecedented in Muncie. The highest number of applicants in the last decade came in 2008 when eight people applied to be on the school board. 

The 16 applicants from Ball State include the facilities director as well as various Ball State department chairs and professors. Additionally, a member of the Ball State University Foundation applied. 

"We have a very large, strong and diverse pool of candidates,” said Mearns in a statement provided by university spokeswoman Kathy Wolf. “The applicants all articulated an interest for this exciting opportunity. I am gratified and encouraged that so many talented people are interested in sharing their passion for this historic opportunity."

The mayor and city council must submit their nominations to Ball State by June 8. The university invited the public to hear presentations from all the finalists at 6 p.m. on June 12 in Central High School. 

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In a previous interview, Mearns told The Daily News he wants the new board members to have a “demonstrated passion” for Muncie Community Schools and public K-12 education. 

Mearns said at the May 16 Board of Trustees meeting the board plans to make its selection by June 25 and new board members will take office July 1. 

A full list of candidates, with their name, employment and residence is listed below: 

1.         Akins, Renee – employee of educational institution - Indianapolis

2.         Anderson, Christopher – Information Technology - Muncie

3.         Bales, Brittany – BSU employee - Muncie

4.         Behrman, Neil – BSU employee - Muncie

5.         Bell, Samantha – BSU employee - Muncie

6.         Bishop-Weidner, Lauren – retired - Eaton

7.         Bouse, Adam – business - Muncie

8.         Bowman, Brad – local business - Muncie

9.         Brandt, Joshua – clergy - Muncie

10.       Burton, Robert – clergy, retired - Muncie

11.       Caldwell, Harold – retired - Muncie

12.       Carpenter, Debra – farmer - Muncie

13.       Claytor, Michael – retired - Carmel

14.       Crenshaw, Christopher -  employee of educational institution - Muncie

15.       Dodson, Tammy – health services - Muncie

16.       Edsall, Keeta – government employee - Muncie

17.       Ervin, Mark – attorney - Selma

18.       Evans, Chasity – healthcare - Muncie

19.       Faulk, Dagney – BSU employee - Muncie

20.       Feick, Debbie – retired - Muncie

21.       Friend, Cody – BSU employee - Muncie

22.       Gallatin, Jennifer – employee of educational institution - Muncie

23.       Gehring, Stacee Fischer – clergy - Muncie

24.       Gerrity, Kevin – BSU employee - Muncie

25.       Hall, Jenica – parent - Muncie

26.       Havens, Stephanie – healthcare - Muncie

27.       Heeter, David – banking - Muncie

28.       Hewitt, Michael – clergy - Muncie

29.       Hji-Avgoustis, Sotiris – BSU employee - Carmel

30.       Horowitz, Lori – healthcare - Muncie

31.       Hunt, Rachel – government employee - Muncie

32.       Hurwitz, Ari – employee of educational institution - Muncie

33.       Jared, Elizabeth – retired - Muncie

34.       Jarvis, Thomas – local business - Muncie

35.       Johnson, Cliff – local business - Muncie

36.       Johnson, Jennifer – local business - Yorktown

37.       Johnston, Jacqueline – retired - Muncie

38.       Kelly, Ryan – local business - Yorktown

39.       King, Richard (Brad) – government employee - Muncie

40.       Kirby, Stormie – BSU Foundation - Muncie

41.       Kizer, Zachary – employee of educational institution - Muncie

42.       Leckie-Lee, Morgan – BSU employee - Muncie

43.       Llewellyn, Marlon – employee of educational institution - Indianapolis

44.       Lowe, James – BSU employee - Muncie

45.       Lunsford, Nicole – employee of educational institution - Yorktown

46.       Mansfield, Jack – retired - Muncie

47.       Mathis, Lori – health services - Muncie

48.       McDonald, Rheaunna – employee of educational institution - Muncie

49.       McIntire, Samuel – employee of educational institution - Albany

50.       McIntosh, David – BSU employee - Muncie

51.       Millben, Denise – clergy, local business - Muncie

52.       Miller, Jessica  - employee of educational institution - Yorktown

53.       Mitchell, Andre – clergy, business - Muncie

54.       Nesper, David  - retired - Muncie

55.       Newby, John – employee of educational institution - Indianapolis

56.       O’Neal, Keith – clergy - Muncie

57.       Onieal, Kathie – local business - Muncie

58.       Orr, Holly – local business - Muncie

59.       Page, Susan – employee of educational institution - Muncie

60.       Proctor, Preston – employee of educational institution - Muncie

61.       Rabel, Tina – banking - Muncie

62.       Rhinehart, Jim – BSU employee - Muncie

63.       Richmond, DeWayne – employee of educational institution - Muncie

64.       Robinson-Hill, Rona – BSU employee - Muncie

65.       Roof, David – BSU employee - Muncie

66.       Russett, Jessie – government employee – Cambridge City

67.       Sadler, Andrea – BSU employee - Muncie

68.       Scott, Frank – clergy, local business - Muncie

69.       Shafer, Judi – employee of educational institution - Selma

70.       Shears, Frederick – retired - Muncie

71.       Shroyer, Kristopher – BSU employee - Muncie

72.       Smith, Aaron – government employee - Muncie

73.       Sparks, Jeremy – local business - Muncie

74.       Stallings, Daniel – local business - Muncie

75.       Turner, James – business – Indianapolis

76.       Turpin, Jacob – local business - Muncie

77.       Upchurch, Kristen  - local business - Muncie

78.       Vanderbilt, Dan – clergy - Muncie

79.       Walker, William – student - Indianapolis

80.       Wheeler, Darren – BSU employee - Muncie

81.       Wiggerly, Kerry – local business - Muncie

82.       Willaert, Daniel – business - Muncie

83.       Williams, David – retired - Muncie

84.       Williams, James – attorney - Muncie

85.       Wilson, Alan – government employee - Muncie

86.       Wilson, Shaun – business - Anderson

87.       Wyatt, Tiffany – business - Losantville

88.       Zvokel, Kendi – employee of educational institution - Yorktown

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