In a campus- wide email Friday, Ball State President Geoffrey Mearns appointed Jean Crosby as the new president of the Ball State University Foundation and vice president of university advancement.

“After careful consideration, I decided that we didn’t need to conduct an extensive search to fill this important position, because the best candidate was already on our team,” Mearns said in the email.

Mearns said he made the decision after consulting with the Foundation Board executive committee and Kelli Lawrence, president of the Alumni Council.

The position was previously occupied by Jake Logan who served in the role for less than a year. Prior to that the position was occupied by Cherí O'Neill. Crosby served in the role in an interim capacity following both departures.

According to its website, the Ball State University Foundation works to gather funding from alumni and other fundraising projects for the university.

Mearns said Crosby demonstrates the traits necessary in order to lead the foundation.

“I value Jean’s leadership during a moment in our University’s history when stability and continuity is more important than ever,” he said.