Blaine A. Brownell

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Blaine A. Brownell
Ball State University
Term 2000 – 2004
Predecessor John E. Worthen
Successor Jo Ann M. Gora
Born 1943
Spouse Mardi Brownell

Blaine A. Brownell was the 12th President of Ball State University as well as holding positions at other universities across the United States. Brownell is also the former CEO of u21pedagogia.


Blaine Brownell earned his B.A. degree from Washington and Lee University in Lexington and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in United States history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.[1]

Brownell held faculty and administrative positions at University of Memphis, University of North Texas in Denton, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Purdue University. Brownell served director of the University of Memphis' Center for Interna tional Programs, as well as provost and vice president for academic affairs and a professor of history at the University of North Texas.

Brownell also has experience teaching overseas. He taught as a Fulbright Professor in American History and Urban Studies at Hiroshima University from 1977–1978, a visiting professor at Sichuan University in China in 1978, and an academic specialist for the U.S. Information Agency in Brazil. In 2000, Brownell came to Ball State to replace John E. Worthen as president. He also holds the position of Professor of History and Urban Planning. In 2004, he resigned his post as president to become the CEO of u21pedagogica, which provides quality assurance services to universities. In the spring of 2005, he resigned as the CEO of u21pedagogica. In October 2011, documents and interviews unsealed after five years in storage revealed Brownell was fired from his post as President.

Ball State University[edit]

Effect on Ball State University[edit]

  • Enrollment rose to its highest level in 12 years
  • Helped to gain the single largest grant in BSU history in 2001 from the Lily Endowment, Inc. of $20 Million.
    • Helped establish Ball State as a leader in the innovative use of digital media.
  • Largest single gift in Ball State History by the of $17.2 Million, thus naming the Miller College of Business[2]
  • Campus Additions During Presidency
    • Art and Journalism Building (2001)
    • Fisher Training Complex (2001)
    • West Quad building renovation (2001)
    • Shafer Tower (2002)
    • Fine Arts building renovation

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Academic offices
Preceded by
John E. Worthen
President of Ball State University
Succeeded by
Jo Ann M. Gora