Marilyn Buck, Ball State's senior adviser to the president and the university's liaison to Muncie Community Schools, will retire from the university June 30, after 30 years of service.

"I am grateful to Marilyn for her many contributions to our University and for the tremendous support she provided to me in my transition," Ball State President Geoffrey Mearns said in a faculty email.

Buck has worked at the university in several positions and capacities, beginning in 1989 as a teacher at the School of Physical Education, now the School of Kinesiology. 

In administration, Buck was the associate chair in the School of Physical Education, associate dean of the College of Applied Sciences and Technology, the associate provost and dean of University College and was the interim provost from 2016 to 2018.

In 2005, Buck was awarded Ball State's Outstanding Faculty Service Award and was named a Fellow of the North American Society of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance in 2008, apart from receiving multiple national awards. 

"In the future, we will have an opportunity to express our appreciation to Marilyn in a more personal way," Mearns said in the email. "In the meantime, please join me in thanking her for her loyalty and commitment to Ball State."

“This is the place where the foundation for dreams can be built,” Buck said at the Board of Trustees meeting on Feb. 8. “And this university is one that really works hard to meet the students where they are and the needs that they have.”

She said if students take full advantage of what the university will provide them, they’ll never be sorry that they’re a graduate of Ball State.

“It’ll be a point of pride,” she said.

Andrew Harp contributed to this story.

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